Tuesday, October 18, 2011

UAAP Season 70 Women's Volleyball

After their unsuccessful stint in the 69th Season Women's Volleyball Championship, they came back in season 70 with talented rookie reinforcements, one of them was Shaira Gonzalez. In Season 70, FEU's key losses were Mary Ann Manalo and Genelyn Alemania but with their improved line-up and a new head coach in the person of Coach Ernesto 'Ness' Pamilar brought them back to the finals again.

In the absence of Mary Ann Manalo who is in their starting six in season 69, super rookie Shaira Gonzalez pumped-up with the challenge in delivering the points in the left-wing side of the court. Also, Rose Ann Taganas was the new libero replacing Genelyn Alemania.

Elimination Round, FEU suffered 2 losses with Adamson Lady falcons during the elimination round. They ended with a 12-2 win-loss record. After the elimination round, there was a three-way tie with ADU, FEU and UST having 12-2 win-loss record. ADU emerged as the number 1 team as per ratio stats while FEU got the number 2 slot after defeating UST in 4 sets in a play-off game. Also, Ateneo made it to the final four after years of placing in the 5th-8th mark.

FEU knocked out the UST Tigresses in 5 sets [25-19, 25-19, 15-25, 21-25, 15-9] and sent the defending champion home. Rachel Ann Daquis and Shaira Gonzalez were named Best Players of the Game. On the other side, Adamson stunned and closed the doors for Ateneo in their hunt for a finals appearance in 3 sets.

POG: Rachel Ann Daquis and Shaira Gonzalez

Finals Game 1, Adamson, who defeated FEU in the elimination round repeated their win as they out-clashed the Lady Tams in 5 sets [25-23, 20-25, 24-26, 26-24, 7-15].
But the team adjusted in Game 2 as they snatched a win for the first time in season 70 against Adamson in 4 sets [25-18, 16-25, 25-10, 25-21]. In March 2, 2008, it was judgment day for both team. Adamson, who has been due for championship for 30 long years really gave their best in game 3. On the other hand, FEU with all the momentum in their hands after Game 2 really took advantage in game 3. Two deserving team but only one will prevail. FEU Lady Tams extended the game into the 5th set after 2 sets loss in the game 3. During the fourth set, the Lady Tams mean all business and in game face as they took it. In the fifth set, Adamson lead in the early part of the game but with FEU's championship experience they grab the lead and sent them into Championship Point. But Adamson didn't want to give FEU the championship in a silver platter as they saved one match point. Service specialist Jennifer Hiponia was sent in to replace Michelle Segodine in the service area, but with all the pressure in Hiponia's shoulders she threw out a serve and gave FEU their 29th Championship after 5 years. In the awarding ceremony, Wendy Ann Semana who also happened to be the Team Captain and playing in her 5th Final Year, was named Most Valuable Player. And let me quote the commentators' statement " They were not able to beat them in the elimination, they only beat them twice two straight games pa"


5th Set - Part 1

5th Set - Part 2

FEU WVT Season 70 Line-Up:
1 - Jose, April Linor (1st Yr)
2 - Taganas, Rose Anne (L) (2nd Yr)
3 - Daquis, Rachel Ann (4th Yr)
4 - Shaira, Gonzales (1st Yr)
5 - Sison, Charmaine (1st Yr)
6 - Cafranca, Josephine (4th Yr)
7 - Semana, Wendy Anne (C) (5th Yr)
8 - Penaranda, Janine (1st Yr)
9 - Morada, Mecaila Irish May (2nd Yr)
10 - Samera, Angelie (1st Yr)
11 - Vivas, Cherry May (1st Yr)
12 - Abanto, Anna Camille (3rd Yr)
13 - Tolentino, Marigail (1st Yr)
14 - Cabanag, Mary Rose (2nd Yr)
* Bold names were part of the Starting Six

Team Rankings:
1 - FEU
2 - ADU
3 - UST
4 - ADMU
5 - UP
6 - NU
7 - DLSU
8 - UE

Best Scorer: Maria Rosario Soriano (ADMU)
Best Attacker: Mary Jean Balse (UST)
Best Blocker: Celine Hernandez (DLSU)
Best Server: Rissa Jane Laguiles (ADU)
Best Digger: Lizlee Ann Gata (ADU)
Best Setter: Jannet Serafica (ADU)
Best Receiver: Maria Rosario Soriano (ADMU)
Rookie of the Year: Ma. Carmina Denise Acevedo (ADMU)
Most Valuable Player: Wendy Anne Semana (FEU)

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