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Viewtiful Volleybelles To Watch For This UAAP Season 79

These beautiful women are the sweet successors to Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes
by John Paulo Aguilera | Feb 3, 2017
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We're in the midst of both basketball seasons, the NBA and PBA. With all the testosterone filling the air, a breath of femininity in the sports world is sorely needed.

Enter the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament. 

After the collegiate basketball league saw the Ben Mbala-led De La Salle Green Archers crushing the competition on its way to title No. 9, it's time for the female spikers to take the stage.

The graduation of Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes—along with their rivalry—paves the way for other charming volleybelles to show what they're made of. FHM lists eight ladies (one from each team) who we think are most worth watching, grace and power personified.


University of the East
 Lady Warriors

Shaya Adorador

The cellar dwellers are hoping to carry over the momentum from their streak-busting win—58 losses since Season 74—during the final game of the previous season. The stunning Shaya, along with ace libero Kath Arado, will be instrumental in making this possible.


Adamson University
 Lady Falcons

Jema Galanza

This looker of a hitter (13 points per game) will have her hands full, following the departure of several veterans. Good thing a studded coaching staff composed of seasoned volleybelles will try to put last year's three-win campaign behind them.


University of Santo Tomas
 Tigresses

Pam Lastimosa

Returning from a knee injury to help team captain Cherry Rondina and Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure is the graduating niece of PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa and brother of NLEX Road Warrior Carlo Lastimosa. Don't let her to-die-for smile fool you.


National University
 Lady Bulldogs

Jaja Santiago

NU may be a player short in the upcoming tournament, but the 6'5" 2016 PSL Grand Prix Most Valuable Player is more than enough to offset her team's lack of bodies. She knows how to put those legs for days to good use.

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University of the Philippines Lady Maroons

Justine Dorog

With their lineup pretty much intact, UP will rely on the competitive drive of its seniors and sophomore trio. This court cutie is expected to sustain her impressive offensive display that bolstered her crew's Final Four run last season.


Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws

Jerili Malabanan

Fresh from a training camp from Baguio, the Morayta-based squad is drawing inspiration from 2016's Final Four finish and the recent jersey retirement of ex-Queen Tamaraw Rachel Anne Daquis. The chinita spiker is among the team's elite hitter corps.


Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles

Bea de Leon

ADMU is faced with the need to fill the huge hole left by the Queen Eagle, and Bea is seen as the heir to her throne. The third year beauty will not do this by herself, with Maddie Madayag and Ana Gopico raring to make up for lost time (due to injuries).


De La Salle University
 Lady Spikers

Kim Dy

The reigning champs may have lost a chunk of its championship core (including Reyes), but the stellar Season 78 Finals MVP, with the help of Kim Fajardo and Majoy Baron, is more than up for the big task ahead. Nobody said repeating was easy.

 

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