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Alyja Daphne Santiago

Alyja Daphne Santiago

The basics
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Occupations Athlete Volleyball player
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 20 January 1996
Star sign AquariusAquarius
The details
Biography

Alyja Daphne Santiago or commonly known as Jaja Santiago (born 20 January 1996 in Cavite City) is a Filipino volleyball player who played with the PSL All Stars club in the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship in the Philippines. She is a member of Philippines national team and the tallest in the current roster.

Personal life

Santiago was born on January 20, 1996, the fourth of five siblings. Her brother (Axel Leonard Santiago, a former champion of men's volleyball player in National University "NU Bulldogs" of UAAP Season 75) is currently working in PLDT and her older sister is working in Dubai, while she and her sister, Aleona Denise "Dindin" Santiago, both played for the women's volleyball in different leagues, she and Dindin was the same as the De Ocampo brothers, Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo, both played in the Philippine Basketball Association, who both hail in Tanza, Cavite. Her father was a former basketball player Jojo Santiago and her mother is Alma Antonio a caregiver in Israel.

Career

Santiago led the NU Lady Bulldogs to win back to back in the Shakey's V-League 13th Season Collegiate Conference without her sister Dindin to support her, despite that she was crowned as the Conference Most Valuable Player award, and the Best Middle Blocker. She was also crowned as the Most Valuable Player in the 2016 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix in a back to back win too, with Foton Tornadoes.

She started her rookie collegiate volleyball career with the UST Golden Tigresses, with her sister Dindin before transferring to National University to follow her sister. After being transferred from UST to the NU Lady Bulldogs, currently Santiago is the team captain, playing her 4th year. She is still undecided if she will use her fifth and final year, after being eliminated by the UST Golden Tigresses in the UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball.

She holds the record of the youngest player to ever play in Shakey's V-League. She joins NU as Guest Player in Season 7 Conference 2 at the age of 14. She also holds the record of the tallest player so far in the Shakey's V-League as she now stands 6'5". Her first professional team, Foton Tornadoes and debuted in the 2015 Grand Prix Conference of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) and played for 3 conferences (2015 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, 2016 Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino and 2016 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix).

Santiago is one of the players who was picked to play (Magnificent 7) for the 2016 FIVB Club World Championship which was held in Manila. She is also a member of the Philippine National Women's Volleyball Team that played in Singapore during the 28th Southeast Asian Games and will play in Kuala Lumpur in upcoming 29th Southeast Asian Games.

Clubs

  • NU Lady Bulldogs (2013–present)
  • PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters (2014–2015)
  • Foton Tornadoes (2015– present)
  • PSL Manila (2016)

Awards

Individuals

  • UAAP Season 72 Girls' Volleyball "Rookie of the Year"
  • UAAP Season 75 Girls' Volleyball "Best Attacker"
  • UAAP Season 76 "Rookie of the Year"
  • Shakey's V-League 11th Season Open Conference "Best Attacker"
  • UAAP Season 77 "Best Attacker"
  • UAAP Season 78 "Best Attacker"
  • Shakey's V-League 12th Season Open Conference "2nd Best Middle Blocker"
  • 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix "2nd Best Middle Blocker"
  • Shakey's V-League 13th Season Open Conference "1st Best Middle Blocker"
  • Shakey's V-League 13th Season Collegiate "Conference Most Valuable Player"
  • Shakey's V-League 13th Season Collegiate "Conference 1st Best Middle Blocker"
  • 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino "2nd Best Middle Blocker"
  • 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix "Most Valuable Player"
  • UAAP Season 79 "Best Attacker"
  • UAAP Season 79 "Best Scorer"
  • UAAP Season 79 "Best Blocker"

Clubs

  • Shakey's V-League 10th Season 1st Conference - Med 1.png Champion, with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • UAAP Season 76 Women's volleyball tournament - Med 3.png 2nd runner-up , with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • Shakey's V-League 11th Season 1st Conference - Med 2.png Silver medal, with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • UAAP Season 77 Women's volleyball tournament - Med 3.png 2nd runner-up , with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • Shakey's V-League 12th Season Open Conference - Med 1.png Champion, with PLDT Home Ultera Ultra Fast Hitters
  • Shakey's V-League 12th Season Collegiate Conference - Med 1.png Champion, with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • 2015 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix - Med 1.png Champion, with Foton Tornadoes
  • 2016 Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino - Med 2.png Silver medal, with Foton Tornadoes
  • Shakey's V-League 13th Season Collegiate Conference - Med 1.png Champion, with NU Lady Bulldogs
  • 2016 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix - Med 1.png Champion, with Foton Tornadoes
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