May 29, 2024

UAAP: Bella Belen outlasts Angge Poyos and Vange Alinsug to win Season 86 MVP

UAAP: Bella Belen outlasts Angge Poyos and Vange Alinsug to win Season 86 MVP
Bella Belen is now a two-time UAAP MVP. Photo (c) RM Chua/One Sports

National University superstar Bella Belen is UAAP Most Valuable Player for the second time in three years.

It was a tight battle between Belen, her teammate Vange Alinsug, and University of Santo Tomas rookie Angge Poyos as the league's top individual award essentially came down to a photo finish on the final day of the elimination round for Season 86.

But in the end, Belen emerged victorious after accumulating 82.00 statistical points (SP), just a few points above Poyos with 76.964 SP and Alinsug’s 74.400 SP.

Belen finished the double-round eliminations as the seventh top scorer of the league with 205 points, sixth in spiking with a 36.53 percent efficiency, eighth in service with 0.22 aces per set, sixth in digging with 3.20 digs per set, and second in reception with an efficiency rate of 48.30 percent.

Along with the MVP award, Belen was also named the first Best Outside Spiker.

NU’s Alyssa Solomon, meanwhile, bagged the Best Opposite Spiker award.

In back-to-back seasons, Thea Gagate of De La Salle University was the first Best Middle Blocker, while the University of the Philippines’ Nina Ytang was named the second Best Middle Blocker.

Since Season 81, the league has been adopting the FIVB-position-based awards.

The statistical points are computed by adding each player's Rank Points and multiplying the sum by 10. Games won are also included and multiplied by 30. The grand total is then divided by the number of sets played by the player’s team.

Rank Points are determined by the player’s place in each department, with each rank having corresponding Rank Points.

The cutoff had been set after the elimination round.