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Almodiel, Rosos and Alvarez take home MVP plums


Perpetual Help’s Joebert Almodiel and Kirth Patrick Rosos and Jose Rizal’s Shola Alvarez were named the Most Valuable Players in their respective divisions in the 93rd NCAA volleyball tournament.

Almodiel also bagged the Rookie of the Year and First Best Outspiker awards to lead the Altas to a nine-game elimination round sweep and straight to the best-of-three finals in the men’s side while Rosos was the vital cog in the Junior Altas’ emerging as the first team to advance to the finals in the high school section.

For the 20-year-old Alvarez, she bested San Beda’s Cesca Racraquin in a tight race after the former averaged a league-best 21.3 points a game to power the Lady Bombers to their very first Final Four appearance.

“Worth it lahat,” said Alvarez, a proud daughter of Catanduanes who honed her skills playing for Pocari Sweat in the Premier Volleyball League, on her Twitter account.

Alvarez’s teammate, neophyte Dolly Grace Versoza was named second best outside spiker but lost the Rookie of the Year plum to Arellano U’s Nicole Ebuen.

Other women’s awardees were AU’s Jovelyn Grace Prado (First Outside Spiker), Perpetual Help’s Ma. Lourdes Clemente (First Middle Blocker), San Sebastian’s Joyce Sta. Rita (Second Middle Blocker), SSC’s Alyssa Eroa (Libero), SSC’s Vira Guillema (Setter) and AU’s Regine Anne Arocha (Opposite Spiker).

Apart from the Almodiel’s three awards, Perpetual Help also took two more plums with Jack Kalingking and Warren Catipay emerging as the Best Libero and Setter, respectively.

Other men’s awardees were AU’s Christian dela Paz (Second Best Outside Spiker) and Kevin Liberato (First Middle Bocker), and San Beda’s Limuel Patenio (Libero) and Mark Christian Enciso (Opposite Spiker).