MANILA, Philippines – Faith Nisperos, Justin Zazareno, Luis Romero and other rookies from the off-season Season 82 all qualify for the best rookie of the year at the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Rod Rock, a member of the UAAP board, told Inquirer Sports that the Rookies from 2020 to 2022 are eligible for this season’s 84 Best Freshman Plum because their rookie season in 2020 was wiped out by the first wave of COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
“Yes, they still qualify as Rocky. Because seasons 82 and 83 were canceled, “said a top official at East University.
Roque added that the Rookies of Season 82 still deserve five playing years, including this season, until they reach the age of 25.
The Season 82 batch consists of Atenio’s rising star Nisperos, Adamson Setar Romero and Lorraine Toring, La Salle Libero Jazareno and Thea Gagget and East University’s Ja Lana.
The Season 84 batch features lady spokespersons Leia Malaluan, Bella Belen, Alyssa Solomon and Camille Lamina from National University, Alyssa Bartolano from the University of the Philippines and Cheney Tagawood from Far Eastern University.
Individual prizes, including seasonal MVP and respect for position, will be based on player statistics.
Nisperos was the No. 2 scorer with a total of 127 points after the first round, Malaluan with 109 points, Lana at No. 4 with 102 markers and Belen with a total of 97 points in their first seven games.
Belen and Solomon were also in the top five in the attacking and services divisions, while Adamson middle-blocker Toring led the league in blocking with a total of 15 kill blocks, averaging 0.58 per set after Round 1.
The Liberos and Setters also qualified for the Top Rookie Award, and Lamina emerged as the first setter in the first round, averaging 5.09 excellent sets per frame, as Jazareno was the best digger of the first round with 5.0 digs per set.
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