MANILA, Philippines – Bella Belen became the first UAAP women’s volleyball player to be crowned MVP of the season and rookie of the year after a master’s first year at the National University.
The 19-year-old striker won three individual awards, including 1st best striker, moments before match 2 of the UAAP Women’s 84 women’s volleyball finals Season 84, where Lady Bulldogs try to finish a series against La Salle and perfect 16 – 0 record for the first school championship since 1957.
Do-It-Yourself Chic went down in history as the only rookie to win an MVP in women’s volleyball.
The MIA of the former UAAP girl from Nazareth School became the first NU MVP since Jaha Santiago in season 80 last 2018
5-foot-7 was in the Top 10 in five of the seven skill categories. Belen was the best server in the elimination round with an average of 0.47 aces per set. It also ranked third in points with 203 points, second in growth with 38.96 percent success, no. 6 best receiver with its efficiency of 40.85 percent and No. 8 best diggers with 2.38 digs per set.
In addition to Belen’s historic achievement, Lady Bulldogs received five of the top seven positions of Season 84.
Lams Lamina was hailed as the best setter after leading the elimination race in 14 games with an average of 5.81 excellent sets per frame.
Alisa Solomon, the best striker in the elimination round with 38.98% attack rate and number 8 in the score with 171 points, won the plumme for best opponent’s shot.
Jennifer Nierva won her first award for best libero after leading the competition for the best receiver with 55.96 percent efficiency and ranked second in digging with 4.40 digs per set.
Sheena Torring won the second best middle blocker, with rival in the finals Thea Gate of La Sal winning the 1st best middle blocker with her best elimination round of 0.60 blocks per set.
Faith Nisperos of Ateneo, the league’s second-best scorer with 267 points in the eliminations, won the second-best outsider.
Interestingly, all seven individual winners are products of the Nazareth School of NU. Nierva was the only rookie among the top volleyball players in the UAAP, as Nisperos and Gagete qualified as freshmen after their first season in 2020 was interrupted by a pandemic.
After collecting individual awards, NU is trying to achieve another story by ending a 65-year drought for the title and becoming the third team to sweep all 16 games, joining La Salle in 2004 and Ateneo in 2015. .
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