Jaja Santiago takes home Conference MVP and Finals MVP awards

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) – The towering Jaja Santiago took home the 2021 PVL Open Conference Most Valuable Player and Finals Most Valuable Player plums.

Santiago, who led the Crossovers to the championship via a comeback fashion against the Creamline Cool Smashers, scored 14.82 points per game up until the second game of the semifinals - the cut-off for the conference awards.

The 6-foot-5 blocker from Tanza, Cavite also led the league in spikes at 122 on a 49.8% success rate and aces with 18. She ranked third in blocks with 23.

In the exciting three-game finals, Santiago increased her scoring production to 25.3 points per game to win the Finals MVP award.

Creamline outside spiker Alyssa Valdez finished as runner up in the Conference MVP race. She averaged a league-best 18.0 points per game. Valdez was also the league's seventh-best digger with 139 digs while also being in the top 10 in receptions with 79.

Joining Santiago and Valdez in the All-Premier Team are middle blocker Ria Meneses of Petro Gazz, opposite spiker Kat Tolentino of Choco Mucho, outside spiker Myla Pablo of Petro Gazz, setter Jia Morado of Creamline, and libero Kath Arado of Petro Gazz.

The three Petro Gazz Angels in the 2021 PVL Open Conference All-Premier Team registered above-par numbers in their individual playing stints.

Meneses had a league-high 50 kill blocks, averaging 1.28 per set. Arado had 250 digs (6.41/set) and 154 excellent receptions on a 52.56% efficiency rate. Pablo is the league's 10th-ranked scorer at 12.36 points per game.

Meanwhile, Morado had 317 excellent sets to top the league with an average of 7.2 per set. This is Morado's sixth Best Setter plum in the PVL-era.

Tolentino was the runner-up in the scoring department at 14.91 points per contest.