Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Looking at the UAAP Women's Volleyball Tournament heading into the playoffs

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As expected, La Salle romped through the field (14-0). The Lady Spikers are comfortably waiting who their finals foe will be in the second stepladder format since Season 74. Honestly, I think it's a farce. I believe that any time a team sweeps the two elimination rounds they should automatically be given the championship. The more games they play the bigger the chance to lose. The team with the best record should be rewarded not be given a chance to lose. Nevertheless, I don't see them losing. They just dropped two sets all season long.

Honestly, what drives the Lady Spikers is the determination and leadership of Abi Maraño. That girl's focus is incredible. I sure am glad I got to know her and work with her as she is one of my two Gatorade Brand Ambassadors from La Salle. Even watching her from the sidelines, she is their leader. They follow her lead. Good job, girl.

So Adamson and FEU both with a pedestrian 6-8 record will play in a knockout game to play third placer Ateneo (10-4 with two losses each to La Salle and NU). The winner of that faces National University (12-2 with the two losses coming at the hands of the Lady Spikers). Then the winner goes on to play La Salle. Talk about going through the meat grinder. 

I thought that this year, National University would really give La Salle a run for its money since they aren't as overpowering (that sounds weird, right) as last season but no. They have the height. They have the weapons. But kulang pa. Shame that Rubie De Leon cannot suit up anymore as their setter (beside she did once upon a time for UST).

Is Alyssa Valdez going to be named league MVP? She deserves it. Unless the board does some hanky panky again.

Ateneo finished right where I expected them to be in a somewhat depowered league. It’s kind of disappointing to see some of their vets underperform at the net. Ateneo should place a premium on defense if they want to snatch that crown away from La Salle. Furthermore, they need to add better pieces to the puzzle because a talent like Valdez only comes once in a blue moon to Loyola Heights.

NU's Dindin Santiago finished the elims as the Best Spiker. Katherine Bersola of UP finished as the Best Blocker. Alyssa Valdez was the Best Server while Ateneo teammate Denden Lazaro was the Best Digger and Best Receiver. La Salle's Kim Fajardo finished the double round robin elims as the Best Setter. 

Now let's see if we will have an exciting finals as opposed to an anti-climactic one.

On another note, bravo to the Ateneo Men's Volleyball Team. They finished far better than anyone expected. Second to NU in the standings after two rounds. Good job, Oliver Almadro! Welcome back to Loyola Heights.


  1. you are the only atenean I know who predicted at least a final four finish for the Lady Eagles. Most people thought they would finish 6th or 7th.

  2. Tough climb but still possible for a finals vs DLSU. Get the job done girls. ADMU 1 set up vs ADU as I write this. Grtas to the men's team. Historical finals appearance and to think this is a young team. OBF!

  3. NIce win ALE too! Kung sana maglalaro si Marge at Ana (out for the season :( we can beat NU! I like our Thai coach. He knows how to call those time outs and motivates well, language difficulty notwithstanding. OBF!