After eight storied decades, University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) remains to be the arguably most sought-after collegiate sports spectacle in the country.
It is a competitive event where we see athletes and varsity teams from eight well-known universities vie for pride, glory, and dominance.
One of the most popular events of the UAAP is the women’s volleyball competition. UAAP volleyball allows us to see strong, wise, athletic and of course- beautiful volleyball players. Before the women’s volleyball competition finally heats up next year, here’s a list of 10 (in no particular order) of the equally pretty and talented volleybelles to watch out this coming 80th season of the UAAP.
10. Mean Mendrez
Instagram handle: @meanmendrez
Twitter handle: @meanmendrez
Mean Mendrez is the spirited middle hitter of the UE Lady Red Warriors. Standing at 5′ 10″, Mean is one of the players expected to save UE from being a cellar dweller again. For sure, the Laguna native will do her best to live up to the daunting task.
72 Likes, 1 Comments – Mary Anne Mendrez (@meanmendrez) on Instagram: “Samgyupsal Buffet Party etc + No workout ”
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9. Dawn Macandili
Instagram handle: @dawnt_ask
Twitter handle: @Dawnt_ask
Dawn Macandili has been also named MVP in the 2016 Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference making her the country’s first libero to become an MVP in a tournament. She has been also recognized as the second best libero in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship. She She got the winning culture. The pint-sized volleybelle is expected to deliver once again to maintain the dominating performance of the DLSU Lady Spikers.
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8. EJ Laure
Instagram handle: @ennajielaure
Twitter handle: @ennajielauree
Ennajie Laure or simpy EJ is a member and a former team captain of the UST Golden Tigresses. The outside hitter/open hitter had also played for the national team having participated at the 2015 Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship which was held in the Philippines. EJ carries the pressure of bringing UST back to the finals this coming UAAP season.
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7. Risa Sato
Instagram handle: @risa_sato_
Twitter handle: @risajun_61
Risa Sato plays the middle blocker position for the NU Lady Bulldogs. The former Lady Eagle is among the players eyed to help Jaja Santiago in their campaign. The Filipina-Japanese volleybelle who hails from Osaka is expected to carry NU back to the final four of the competition.
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1,116 Likes, 11 Comments – Risa Sato (@risa_sato_) on Instagram: “Celebrate Black Friday with @danielwellington . All Collections have extra FREE straps and All…”
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6. Isa Molde
Instagram handle: @isamolde
Twitter handle: @IsaMolde10
Isa Molde was hailed “Rookie of the Year” last UAAP Season 78. She is currently the leading outside spiker of the UP Lady Maroons. On her third year in the league, expect Isa to go all out to end the long years of futility as she tries to bring the volleyball glory back to the Diliman-based squad which last tasted the championship during 1982-83 UAAP season.
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5. Jerrili Malabanan
Instagram handle: @jerrili33
Twitter handle: @jerrilivb33
Fil-Am Jerrili Malabanan is a pretty volleyball player who plays the Middle Hitter for the FEU Lady Tamaraws. The tall and soft-spoken volleybelle is believed to be one of the frontrunners in maintaining the competitiveness and fire power of the Lady Tams.
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4. Jema Galanza
Jema Galanza is one of the best outside hitter from the Adamson Lady Falcons. She is on track to lead Adamson this coming UAAP season. However, she suffered from a gruesome ankle injury, putting doubts whether she can recover in time to play this Season 80. Later, it was found out that the injury is not that severe so expect Jema to soar high on the volleyball court once more.
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3. Maddie Madayag
Instagram handle: @maddie17madayag
Twitter handle: @Maddie17Madayag
Maddie Madayag is a middle hitter from the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles. The beautiful Davao native was a surprise inclusion at the national team pool as handpicked by Coach Francis Vicente. Maddie has showed glimpse of her volleyball potential but she is yet to produce a dominating and consistent high level of play. Will UAAP Season 80 be Maddie’s breakout season?
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2. Michelle Cobb
Instagram handle: @miichellecobb
Twitter handle: @miichellecobb
From just being a back-up setter of the skillful Kim Fajardo, Michelle Cobb is now the starting setter of the DLSU Lady Archers. Though lacking in height, Michelle has shown that her excellent playmaking skills is enough to thrive in the league. The pressure is on this pretty setter to deliver the goods for the defending champions.
1,058 Likes, 21 Comments – Michelle Cobb (@miichellecobb) on Instagram: “Soba toime ”
679 Likes, 8 Comments – Michelle Cobb (@miichellecobb) on Instagram: “Awk”
1. Ponggay Gaston
Instagram handle: @pingpongponggay
Twitter handle: @pingpongPONGGAY
Gorgeous. Adventurous. Cheerful. These are the words fitting to describe Pauline Marie Monique M. Gaston or simply Ponggay Gaston. Ponggay’s beauty and bubbly personality are the main reasons why she earned a number of followers. In addition, Ponggay has also proved that she’s more than a pretty place as she had her breakout game against TIP where she led the scoring with 17 points. She has only been in the sidelines before. This UAAP Season 80, it’s Ponggay’s time to show that she can contribute significantly and consistently.
39.1k Likes, 289 Comments – Ponggay ✵ (@pingpongponggay) on Instagram: “ they won’t take me out my element ”
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With these gorgeous ladies playing inside the court, female and especially male fans will surely watch the games. Without a doubt, this UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball competition will be absolutely a BEAUTIFUL one.