Majoy Baron named Best Middle Blocker in ASEAN Grand Prix

Majoy Baron took home the Best Middle Blocker award after helping the Philippines clinch the bronze medal in the first leg of the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix.

The F2 Logistics star proved to be the most consistent weapon for the Philippines in the inaugural tournament also joined by Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Baron displayed her elite skills at the net in all three games. She capped off her top-notch performance with a 13-point outing, highlighted by six kill blocks, in the Philippines' breakthrough win against Vietnam, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12.

The 5-foot-11 Baron averaged 12.33 points and one block per set (14 blocks in 14 sets played) to edge the other middle blockers in the competition.

"Isinapuso ang laban para sa bayan. Maraming salamat po sa tiwala (Took to heart the fight for the country. Thank you for the trust)," Baron wrote on Twitter moments after the Filipina spikers wrapped up their campaign.

Thailand's Onuma Sittirak won the Most Valuable Player honors, while her teammate Chatchu-on Moksri was named Best Outside Hitter. Indonesia's Tri Retno Mutiara and Megawati Hangestri bagged the Best Setter and Best Server plums, respectively. Best Libero Nguyen Thi Kim Lien of Vietnam completes the list of individual awardees.

Host Thailand swept the first leg after defeating Indonesia in the gold medal match. Vietnam, on the other hand, ended up in fourth place with a winless record.

The Philippines will host the second leg in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on October 4 to 6. As announced by LVPI secretary-general Ariel Paredes last Tuesday in a press conference, a Philippine Superliga (PSL) selection team will also participate in the tourney in lieu of Indonesia.