Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Arado registered just 13 successful digs in the the Lady Warriors’ loss to Ateneo.6. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week : No. 6Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJolina Dela Cruz is back on the same spot where she was in in the previous week.Coming into the league relatively overshadowed with all the hype surrounding UST’s Eya Laure, Dela Cruz has so far proved that she’s one of the legitimate contenders for the Rookie of the Year plum.Dela Cruz was solid in La Salle’s win against NU with 12 points but she was also capable in becoming the team’s focal point in the Lady Spikers’ next game.Despite the loss to UP, Dela Cruz was fed the ball for much of the match and she finished with 19 points—a team-high—on 14 spikes, four blocks, and one service ace.7. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AAyel Estrañero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAyel Estrañero is the third piece of UP’s star puzzle.Carlos and Molde usually grab the spotlight because of their offense but the one running the show is Estrañero.In UP’s win against La Salle, Estrañero severely outclassed her opponent Michelle Cobb with 38 excellent sets to her counterpart’s 21. LATEST STORIES Tolentino would finish the week with 70 total points and is tied for the second spot in the Best Scorers table with UST’s Cherry Rondina.4. Judith Abil (University of the East, outside hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AJudith Abil. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s always a thrill to see all the teams get into the winners’ column so when UE took its first win of the season the energetic Judith Abil made sure she’d do it in style.Abil put up 22 points in four sets in UE’s win against Adamson, 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22, making her the owner of the second-most points scored in a single game behind Molde’s 23 against, as fate would have it, the Lady Warriors.UE, though, lost its next game against Ateneo but Abil was still on her mark with 14 points.Abil has so far scored 66 total points making her the sixth best scorer in the league.5. Kath Arado (University of the East, libero)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AKath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work always pays off and Kath Arado proved that this week.The league’s Best Digger and Best Receiver was an impenetrable force in UE’s win against the Lady Falcons tallying 39 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Ateneo then knew that Arado was a defensive dynamo that the Lady Eagles practically avoided her in their win on Sunday. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MANILA, Philippines—Teams are slowly lining up the grid with a tense atmosphere surrounding them, and the gears are just waiting to move for the ultimate takeoff.Three weeks in but there is not one team in a considerable place to legitimately claim pole position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDefending champion De La Salle, Ateneo, and University of the Philippines are all in a tight battle at the top with identical 3-1 records.University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University are behind at 2-2 with Adamson, University of the East, and National University all gearing up to make surprises with those three teams holding 1-3 records. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERUP’s puzzle won’t be complete without another one of its high-scoring duo.With Carlos doing much of the dirty work, and also a huge piece of the scoring, there’s Isa Molde, who was focused on scoring and aerial defense.Molde, Season 78’s Rookie of the Year, was UP’s offensive focal point and she delivered with 20 points on 17 spikes and three blocks.Carlos and Molde, however, are just the two of a three-piece totem pole for UP with the other being Ayel Estrañero.3. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: 1Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week but it was enough to show the league that the Lady Eagles are still one of the bigger forces in the league.Driving Ateneo’s engine that day was Kat Tolentino, who scored 13 points in the Lady Eagles’ quick win over UE, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Now that’s out of the way, here are the best seven of this week.1. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No. 3Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCount on Diana Carlos to provide scoring and a bunch of other stuff.UP played just one game this week and boy was Carlos all over the place.She scored 19 points in the Lady Maroons’ five-set stunner of La Salle, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, while also anchoring the Lady Maroons’ defense with 22 excellent digs and 18 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine on Monday charged the National Trust of Guyana (NTG) and Guyanese, on a whole, to make every effort to preserve the country’s tangible and intangible heritage.The Education Minister, who also has responsibility for culture, youth and sport, was part of a group of officials who delivered remarks at the opening of the Georgetown International Heritage Conference at the ArthurOfficials at the opening of the conference at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre on Monday.Chung Convention Centre.According to Dr Roopnaraine, the organisation has no excuse and needs to come up with comprehensive systems of preserving both the tangible and intangible heritage.“Even as I applaud the heroic efforts…valuable work, must admit that the State mechanisms for identifying and observing our built heritage have been far from ideal over the years,” Dr Roopnaraine told the audience.He said the absence of protocols to preserve the most historical building in the capital reflected the gaps in cultural heritage policy that should not occur in a “sculptor rich society as ours”.Dr Roopnaraine said one of his commitments, as a projected outcome of a completed policy, was the creation of a mechanism or the expansion of the remit of the National Trust, with a focus on preserving cultural heritage.He said over the next two years and beyond, culture would occupy centre stage in Government’s sustainable developmental plan. He said there would be an examination of the implication of cultural practices in the era of climate change.“We live in an era when cultural conflict, manifesting itself in the extreme as open warfare, resulting in the destruction of valuable built heritage and artefacts, much of it, hundreds of years old.”Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust of Guyana, Nirvana Persaud said the organisation was established in 1979 following the passage of the National Trust Act. She said the vision of the Trust has surrounded the ideal that heritage should be valued. The National Trust has been doing this for the last 44 years, she said.Also speaking at the event, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said Government hoped that one day Georgetown would be counted among the heritage capitals of the world. He said cultural heritage remained an undocumented casualty of war.The Government hopes to revitalise the scope of work to be undertaken by the National Trust and to ensure that it reaches out to the newly elected Town and District Councils to take responsibility in their respective areas for heritage resources, the PM noted.Meanwhile, United States Ambassador Perry Holloway, who was also present at the event, said the Embassy was doing a lot for the preservation of Guyana’s cultural heritage. He is hoping that in the next month or so, two projects – the repairing of the Stabroek tower and clock and the Georgetown lighthouse, which has been standing tall since the mid 1800s – could get the necessary funding.According to him, Guyana and the US are also this year celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations, as the Americans were one of the first countries to recognise Guyana.The three-day conference, a collaboration between the National Trust and the World Monuments Fund, was organised to boost the heritage sector, particularly the tangible cultural heritage and to preserve, promote and protect Guyana’s heritage resources.During the course of the sessions, seven important areas are expected to be covered including management and policy, history and theory, documentation and conservation, heritage sustainability, heritage and community, and world cultural and natural heritage and economics of preservation.