NU dominated UAAP women’s volleyball

National University ended the 65-year women’s volleyball title drought by going 16-0 to sweep the finals series and the tournament. Icing on the cake, products of Nazareth School – National University swept all the tournament awards.

UAAP Season 84

NU Lady Bulldogs | UAAP Photo

Women’s volleyball: NU completed finals and tournament sweep. National University ended a 65-year women’s volleyball title drought after dominating De La Salle University in Game 2 of the finals—25-15, 25-15, 25-22.

Alyssa Solomon top-scored the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points while Season MVP Mhicaela Belen had 16 on 13 attacks and 3 blocks.

NU’s team captain Princess Robles bagged the Finals MVP award.

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Five-straight for UST. The University of Santo Tomas has won the general championship in the seniors’ division for five consecutive seasons.

Women’s volleyball: Rookie-MVP. National University’s Mhicaela Belen was named as the tournament’s Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player—first-ever in the league’s history. Meanwhile, all tournament awardees are Nazareth School – National University products.

Women’s volleyball awardees

  • Mhicaela Belen of National University
    Most Valuable Player
  • Mhicaela Belen of National University
    Rookie of the Year
  • Mhicaela Belen of National University
    1st Best Outside Hitter
  • Jen Nierva of National University
    Best Libero
  • Camilla Lamina of National University
    Best Setter
  • Alyssa Solomon of National University
    Best Opposite Spiker
  • Thea Gagate of De La Salle University
    1st Best Middle Blocker
  • Sheena Toring of National University
    2nd Best Middle Blocker
  • Faith Nisperos of Ateneo de Manila University
    2nd Best Outside Hitter

Philippine Basketball Association

Ian Sangalang of Magnolia | PBA Official Website

Magnolia outplayed Ginebra in Manila Clasico. Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon led Magnolia Timplados to an 89-84 victory against Barangay Ginebra. Sangalang had 24-point, 9-rebound performance while Jalalon added 19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

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Phoenix spoiled Nambatac’s 27. Phoenix Super LPG escaped Rain or Shine, 106-102. Matthew Wright led the Fuel Masters with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals while Jason Perkins finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Rey Nambatac scored 27 off the bench for the Elastopainters.

“Japan, Japan. Bye PBA.” Magnolia Timplados forward Calvin Abueva has been slapped with a one-game suspension and a PHP 10,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game against Barangay Ginebra last Sunday. The Beast aired his frustration while on his way out of the dugout and shouted “Japan, Japan… Bye PBA!”. On Instagram, he challenged the league to review the tape and see what he did wrong.

Tim Cone will join Gilas Men. Gilas Pilipinas program director Chot Reyes announced that Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone will join the Gilas Men’s staff.

Reyes won the Coach of the Year award. TNT head coach Chot Reyes won his sixth PBA Press Corps Coach of the Year award after his triumphant return to the PBA last year when he steered the Tropang Giga to the All-Filipino championship in his first conference back. Among the notable awardees are Barangay Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua (top executive), NorthPort’s Arwind Santos (defensive player), San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo (comeback player), and Meralco’s Allein Maliksi (Mr. Quality Minutes).

Williams-TNT saga is still ongoing. Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Mikey Williams has returned to Manila but still waiting for the finalized restructured contract with TNT.

Miscellaneous

Fair Play awardee. The Comité International du Fair-Play (CIFP) named Filipino surfer Roger Casugay as the recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award for his courageous actions during the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. Casugay gave up a commanding lead in his surfing race against Indonesian opponent Arip Nurdihayat and saved the latter from drowning amid the strong waves brought about by Typhoon Tisoy.

Alex Eala fell short in W60 Madrid. Alex Eala finished with a runner-up trophy in the W60 Madrid after losing in the final match against Spain’s Marina Bassols Ribera. In the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, the 17-year-old Filipinas rose 73 places to improve to number 340. She is now the WTA’s top tennis player in Southeast Asia.

Gilas Youth finished 7th in FIBA Asia U16. Gilas Pilipinas Youth ended seventh in the FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship after outplaying Iran in the classification round, 95-87.

Abarrientos turned pro. RJ Abarrientos signed a two-year deal with Korean Basketball League club Ulsan Hyundai Mobis. With the current development, the 22-year-old rookie point guard ended up as one-and-done for the Far Eastern University. He led the Tamaraws to a Final Four appearance and averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Gutang will play in South Korea. College of Saint Benilde’s forward Justin Gutang signed a one-year contract with Changwon LG in Korean Basketball League. In four years with the Blazers, he averaged 12.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 35 games played.