La Salle's Majoy Baron is UAAP Season 79 MVP

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2017 09:07 AM | Updated as of May 03 2017 10:53 AM

La Salle's Majoy Baron. Photo by Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports.

MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle University middle spiker Majoy Baron is the Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament.

Baron, in her fourth season with the Lady Spikers, anchored the defending champions' net defense while also becoming one of the most efficient attackers and servers in the league.

She scored a total of 147 points on 89 attacks, 34 kill blocks, and 24 aces for a La Salle team that went 11-3 in the elimination round and is now up 1-0 in the Finals over the Ateneo Lady Eagles.

Meanwhile, National University superstar Jaja Santiago is the league's Best Scorer, Best Spiker, and Best Blocker.

Santiago ran away with the scoring race, tallying 268 points on 195 attacks, 49 blocks, and 24 aces. It is a measure of comfort for the towering Lady Bulldog, whose NU squad failed to make the Final 4 in Season 79.

La Salle captain Kim Fajardo won the Best Setter award for the third time in her career, just edging out Ateneo's Jia Morado. Fajardo also earned Best Server honors.

La Salle libero Dawn Macandili is the UAAP's Best Receiver for the second straight year, but University of the East's Kathleen Arado edged her out for the Best Digger award.

The awardees will be honored ahead of Game 2 of the UAAP Finals on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ateneo's Jules Samonte won Rookie of the Year honors.

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