No gym, no rest, exam week, no problem for Lady Eagles
The Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles has won the first three of its four-game schedule in a 10-day span.
Streaking Ateneo de Manila University has won nine of its 10 games in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament including eight straight matches and with a Final Four slot already secured.
Still, Lady Eagles assistant coach Sherwin Meneses believes that his crew is yet to show its full potential.
“’Yung peak nila siguro hindi pa ngayon eh, gaganda pa ng gaganda,” said Meneses Saturday after the Lady Eagles’ amazing 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8 escape over the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws to remain on top of the heap with a 9-1 win-loss card.
Ateneo kept its hot streak going despite a tight schedule of four games in a stretch of 10 days on the Katipunan-based school’s exam week.
After a hard-earned four-set win over archrival defending champion De La Salle University to close the first round, the Lady Eagles battled Final Four contenders in University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas and FEU.
Ateneo will face National University - the only team that handed them a loss so far in the season - on Wednesday.
“Malagpasan lang namin ang straight na schedule ngayon, gaganda na talaga (ang laro ng team),” Meneses said. “So ‘yun ang goal namin muna na (lagpasan) apat na mabibigat ang makakalaban. So nakakatatlo na, so isa na lang.”
Ateneo swept UP and UST and were on their way to earning another quick win before FEU found a way to steal the third and fourth frames.
Fatigue factor because of their schedule also had a role in team’s mid-match dip according to Meneses.
“Sobrang malaking factor siya,” he said. Kahit si coach Tai nahihirapan siyang mag-schedule ng laro kasi nga first time lang nangyari na dikit-dikit pa talaga ang game tapos hindi basta-basta ang nakakalaban. Kaya pagod din.”
The players also had to deal with their exams during the stretch and had to find another court to practice as their gym was used for Ateneo high school graduation mass.
“Exam week pa tapos wala pa kaming court,” he said. “Malaking factor din kasi talaga na walang court, exam ng mga bata pero nakuha pa rin namin ang panalo. Blessing siya.”
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