UAAP: Ateneo captain De Leon earns Player of the Week honor

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Posted at Mar 18 2019 03:45 PM

UAAP: Ateneo captain De Leon earns Player of the Week honor 1
Ateneo's Bea de Leon is the UAAP Player of the Week. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – After a slow start in UAAP Season 81, Ateneo de Manila University captain Bea de Leon has gotten her rhythm for the Lady Eagles in the women's volleyball tournament.

De Leon was solid for her team this week, as the Lady Eagles won two games to finish the first round with a 6-1 win-loss record.

The veteran middle blocker averaged 13.5 points, in what was her best week so far in the tournament, earning her the Chooks To Go-Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week citation.

More than her numbers, however, it is De Leon's leadership that has drawn praise from Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro.

"I never doubted the leadership of Bea," said Almadro. "I'm so lucky that she decided to play for her fifth year."

"Who would even sacrifice this much to wake up early every day, lead the team, and go to bed late at night? That in itself is leadership, that in itself is an example of being a good leader," he added.

De Leon was averaging just six points per game before this week.
Against Adamson University last Wednesday, however, she put up 14 points in a 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10 triumph.

De Leon followed it up with another solid performance against National University (NU), putting up 13 points in a 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 victory.

De Leon beat Sisi Rondina of University of Santo Tomas, Jennifer Nierva of NU, and Tin Tiamzon of De La Salle University for the weekly plum awarded by sportswriters from broadsheets, tabloids, and online publications covering the collegiate beat.


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