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Solomon grabs second straight SSL MVP as National U repeats

MICHAELA BELEN (third from left), who fired 17 points in the finale, and Alyssa Solomon (center) were joined by teammates Camilla Lamina (Best Setter) and Erin May Pangilinan (First Best Middle Blocker) in the honor roll of the SSL Season 2.

ALYSSA SOLOMON added another feather in her cap to further prove her stature as one of the best players not only for National University (NU) but in the entire Philippine volleyball archipelago.

The towering spiker stood tall once again with her second straight Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum in the Shakey’s Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championship Season 2 as the Lady Bulldogs completed a back-to-back title sweep.

Ms. Solomon, the 6-foot-2 bonafide Lady Bulldog since her high school days, was also hailed as the Best Opposite Spiker for a statement campaign entering their redemption tour in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

Ms. Solomon was steady in the finals against the gritty University of Santo Tomas (UST) ignited by a 15-point outing on 11 hits, three aces and a block in NU’s 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 Game 1 win.

Joining forces with First Best Outside Hitter Michaela Belen in a lethal Lady Bulldogs duo, Ms. Solomon then hammered 14 points on 10 attacks, three aces and a block as they fended off the Golden Tigresses anew, 25-17, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, in the clinching Game 2.

Ms. Belen, who fired 17 points in the finale, and Ms. Solomon were joined by teammates Camilla Lamina (Best Setter) and Erin May Pangilinan (First Best Middle Blocker) in the honor roll of the SSL Season 2 backed by Mikasa, Eurotel, Victory Liner, Summit Bottle Water, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, R and B Milk Tea, Potato Corner, Rebel Sports, Converge ICT Solutions, Genius Sports and United Auctioneers, Inc. 

UST’s Angeline Poyos (Second Best Outside Hitter) and Maria Bernadette Pepito (Best Libero) as well as Adamson’s Lorene Toring (Second Best Middle Blocker) were also recognized as part of the SSL Super Team.

But the moment belonged to the entire Lady Bulldogs, who just ushered in a dynasty with two straight perfect campaigns in 18 games since the inaugural season of the SSL in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.

And they’re out to ride on the momentum for the ultimate mission of reclaiming the lost glory in the UAAP with returning mentor Norman Miguel at the helm. — John Bryan Ulanday

Neil Banzuelo

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