|After guiding Chery Tiggo to the PVL title, Jaja Santiago wins three individual awards. PVL Media Bureau|
By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA, Philippines – Jaja Santiago claimed the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference Most Valuable Player award, just minutes after guiding her team Chery Tiggo to the title Friday at the PCV Socio-Civic and Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The former NU Lady Bulldog, who also won the Finals MVP award, finished with an average of 14.82 points per game in the eliminations to Game 2 of the semis, edging Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez for the best player award of the season-opening conference.
Santiago also claimed one of the Best Middle Blocker awards after registering a league-bests of 49.80% attack rate and 0.47 aces per set while finishing third in blocks with 0.61 kill blocks per outing.
Valdez, who led all scorers with 18.0 points per game, was named as one of the Best Outside Hitters, finishing third in attacking (39.34%), fifth in service (0.39 aces per set), eighth in blocking (0.34 blocks per set), and seventh in digs (3.16 per set).
|Chery Tiggo's Jaja Santiago (third from right) poses with the other members of the PVL Premier Team. PVL Media Bureau|
Petro Gazz got three players in the Premier team, with Myla Pablo, Ria Meneses, and Kat Arado winning their respective awards.
Pablo got the 2nd Best Outside Hitter award with an average of 12.36 points per contest, Meneses led the league in blocks with 50 (1.28 per set) for the 2nd Best Middle Blocker citation, while Arado was named Best Libero after 6.41 digs per set and 52.56-percent efficiency in excellent receptions.
Completing the Premier team were Creamline’s Jia Morado, who claimed her sixth straight Best Setter Award with 317 excellent sets for a 7.20 sets-per-set average; and Choco Mucho’s Kat Tolentino, who was hailed as the Best Opposite Spiker after a 14.69 points-per-game clip.
The individual winners were determined solely on statistics.