UST's Sisi Rondina wins first indoor volleyball MVP award

University of Santo Tomas' Sisi Rondina took home the UAAP Season 81 Most Valuable Player award ahead of Game 2 of the women's volleyball finals.

Before wrapping up her collegiate career, Rondina steered her team to the championship stage for the first time in nine years. The Tigresses, who drew first blood in the best-of-three finals series, have the golden opportunity to sweep Ateneo de Manila University Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

UST's graduating captain, a four-time beach volleyball champion and MVP, emerged as the tournament's best scorer with 259 points after the elimination round. She also bagged the 2nd Best Outside Hitter award boasting of a 33.38 spiking percentage.

"First of all, I thank the Lord for giving me this talent," said Rondina, upon receiving her first indoor volleyball MVP trophy. "To our eighth man, the UST community, thank you very much... You are the best. This is not for me, this is for us all."

Another Tigress won a pair of individual plums as Eya Laure was named Rookie of the Year and 1st Best Outside Hitter.

The freshman standout, who formed an explosive tandem with Rondina, topped all spikers with 35.90 attack percentage and came second in scoring with 230 points. Laure was the second straight best rookie out of UST after Milena Alessandrini.

National University's Roselyn Doria finished as the 1st Best Middle Blocker with an average of 0.69 kill blocks per set. Ateneo's Maddie Madayag was named 2nd Best Middle Blocker with 0.86 kill blocks per set.

The Lady Eagles' leading scorer Kat Tolentino grabbed the Best Opposite Hitter honors as she produced a total of 200 points on a 30.23 clip. NU's Princess Robles emerged as the Best Server with an average of 0.48 service aces per set.

University of the East's duo of Laizah Bendong and Kath Arado finished as the Best Setter and Best Libero, respectively. Bendong led all playmakers with 6.81 excellent sets per set, while Arado normed 6.94 digs per set and 60.82 reception efficiency.