Monday, March 17, 2014

UAAP Season 76: Closing The Books

[Photo credit: Richard Esguerra/UAAP Sports TV on FB]
UAAP Season 76 was a good year for Ateneo de Manila's volleyball program after its women's and men's volleyball teams placed first and second, respectively, in their own divisions. Not bad for two teams with young cores.

Here's the women's team that won for Ateneo its first UAAP volleyball championship:
Players
Amy Ahomiro
Ella de Jesus
Tasha Faustino
Kim Gequillana
Ana Gopico
Denden Lazaro
Julia Morado
Michelle Morente
Ayel Patnongon
Mae Tajima
Bea Tan
Gizelle Tan
Marge Tejada
Alyssa Valdez

Head Coach
Anusorn "Tai" Bundit

Assistant Coaches
Parley Tupaz
Timmy Sto. Tomas
Charo Soriano
Here's their route to winning the title:
Eliminations, First Round
17–25, 22–25, 17–25 L to NU
25–18, 25–23, 25–18 W over FEU
25–21, 25–12, 25–22 W over AdU
25–11, 25–15, 25–17 W over UE
25–20, 25–21, 25–13 W over UP
15–25, 25–23, 22–25, 25–20, 15-13 W over UST
16–25, 20–25, 16–25 L to DLSU

Eliminations, Second Round
14–25, 14–25, 19–25 L to DLSU
25–15, 25–14, 26–14 W over UP
17–25, 17–25, 25–23, 19–25 L to NU
25–23, 25–19, 16–25,18–25, 15–13 W over AdU
25–17, 25–12, 25–22 W over UE
25–18, 25–21, 25–23 W over UST
25–21, 25–19, 25–16 W over FEU

Final Four
26–24, 25–23, 25–21 W over AdU
25–17, 12–25, 31–29, 28–26 W over NU
25–22, 8–25, 25–19, 25–22 W over NU

Finals
25–17, 23–25, 25–13, 25–20 W over DLSU
14–25, 20–25, 25–19, 24–26 L to DLSU
25–21, 25–23, 18–25, 16–25, 17–15 W over DLSU
25–23, 26–24, 25–21 W over DLSU
Here are the Women's Volleyball team standings after the eliminations:
At End of First Round
DLSU 7–0
NU 6–1
ADMU 5–2
FEU 4–3
AdU 3–4
UST 2–5
UP 1–6
UE 0–7

At End of Second Round
DLSU 14–0
NU 12–2
ADMU 10–4
FEU 6–8
AdU 6–8
UST 5–9
UP 3–11
UE 0–14
Here are the players who won individual awards:
Best Digger
Best Receiver
Denden Lazaro

Best Scorer
Best Server
Most Valuable Player
Finals Most Valuable Player
Alyssa Valdez

[Photo credit: Arvin Lim/UAAP Sports TV on FB]
On the other hand, here's the first Blue Spikers team to reach the UAAP Finals in 32 years:
Players
Jeriel Apelar
Karl Baysa
Jeb Bello
Marck Espejo
Neil Flores
Ricci Gonzales
Rex Intal
Ysay Marasigan
Mark Morga
JP Pareja
Ish Polvorosa
Karlo Santos
Xavier Senoren
Josh Villanueva

Head Coach
Oliver Almadro

Assistant Coaches
Timmy Sto. Tomas
Here's the Blue Spikers' route to winning the first runner-up trophy:
Eliminations, First Round
25–22, 25–19, 25–14 W over UE
26–28, 21–25, 28–28 L to FEU
19–25, 25–21, 22–25, 19–25 L to UP
25–23, 25–21, 25–18 W over AdU
25–17, 21–25, 20–25, 25–18, 9-15 L to NU
23–25, 25–23, 27–25, 21–25, 15–9 W over DLSU
25–19, 20–25, 25–18, 25–15 W over UST

Eliminations, Second Round
25–21, 26–24, 25–23 W over NU
25–21, 26–28, 12–25, 25–9, 15–9 W over DLSU
23–25, 26–24, 25–19, 25–21 W over FEU
25–20, 25–22, 25–12 W over UE
20–25, 25–23, 25–18, 25–20 W over UST
26–24, 25–27, 25–20, 25–21 W over UP
25–20, 23–25, 25–16, 25–15 W over AdU

Final Four
23–25, 19–25, 25–17, 28–26, 15–13 W over FEU

Finals
27–29, 22–25, 22–25 L to NU
22–25, 25–21, 23–25, 25–27 L to NU
Here are the Men's Volleyball team standings after the eliminations:
At End of First Round
NU 7–0
FEU 5–2
ADMU 4–3
AdU 4–3
UP 3–4
UST 3–4
DLSU 2-5
UE 0–7

At End of Second Round
NU 12–2
ADMU 11–3
FEU 9–5
DLSU 8–6
AdU 6–8
UST 5–9
UP 4–10
UE 1–13
The Blue Spikers who won individual awards:
Best Setter
Ish Polvorosa

Best Receiver
JP Pareja

Rookie of the Year
Most Valuable Player
Marck Espejo
See you in UAAP Season 77!

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