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These PVL Awardees Are Net-Burning Head-Turners

We don't have to wait for the UAAP and NCAA women's volleyball
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jul 12, 2018
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Before the title clincher between eventual champions Creamline Cool Smashers and first-runner-up PayMaya High Flyers on Wednesday, a handful of awards were bestowed upon the best performers for Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Reinforced Conference.

A few familiar faces and reigning recipients made the cut this year, with a couple of new notables thrown into the mix. The following decorated volleybelles below are the epitome of beauty, power, and grace.

1st Best Opposite Spiker: Alyssa Valdez

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Valdez defends one of her accolades from the first Reinforced conference. The Phenom has been Creamline's best offensive player, even if you include imports. Despite no MVP in hand, she brought home the most important trophy: the championship.

1st Best Middle Blocker: Jeanete Panaga

The Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors may have had their lowest finish since debuting in the PVL, but Panaga has maintained her place as the league's top defender. Even foreign guest players like Kia Bright and Kuttika Kaewpin couldn't get through her vicious blocks.

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2nd Best Middle Blocker: Joy Dacoron

Dacoron's stopping prowess—all 5'11" of her—is one of the reasons why the BanKo Perlas Spikers bagged the bronze medal in their third conference. The former Adamson Lady Falcon has made her hometown of Cebu proud with her latest trophy.

Best Opposite Spiker: Michele Gumabao

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Preparing for this year's Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant (where she was crowned Miss Globe Philippines 2018) didn't prevent Michele from keeping her eyes on the bigger prize. Gumabao was among the more solid players for the Cool Smashers against PayMaya.


Finals MVP, Best Setter: Jia Morado

Valdez on her ex-Ateneo teammate (via ABS-CBN Sports): "Honestly, Jia keeps me calm inside and outside of the court." While Alyssa is the definition of explosiveness and firepower, Morado fills the role of steadying presence admirably.

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Best Libero: Lizlee Pantone

It has been almost a decade since the 29-year-old played her last collegiate game. Pantone, Adamson's legendary libero (three-time Best Digger, one-time Best Receiver), is putting her years of experience with the national team and in the pro leagues to good use.

Best Foreign Guest Player: Tess Rountree

The High Flyers almost captured the title in their PVL debut, thanks in large part to the 6'2" American outside hitter. Rountree led the tournament in points, norming 23.7 points in the preliminary round and scoring 30+ in three semifinal matches.

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Most Valuable Player, 2nd Best Opposite Spiker: Myla Pablo

Pablo averaged 16.5 points per game on 39.09% success rate in the preliminaries. Unfortunately, Pocari lost the first Reinforced conference Finals MVP and first Open conference MVP to a back injury in the semis against Creamline.


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