Ateneo de Manila veteran Amy 'Kiwi' Ahomiro played an effective role in her return at the middle position Saturday for the Lady Eagles to fill in the void left by injured sophomore Maddie Madayag.
Ahimiro, who had Madayag’s ‘No. 17’ written on both her wrists, scored 10 points to help the three-peat seeking Lady Eagles make a quick work of University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, in the 78th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
“I’m back in the middle, yeah! Like it just comes naturally to me I don’t have to think so much,” said the graduating 23-year-old New Zealand national.
Ahomiro had five kills, three kill blocks and pair of aces including the match-clinching service winner that gave the Katipunan-based squad its seventh straight semifinals appearance.
Ahomiro for most of the tournament played a dual role for head coach Tai Bundit as an opposite and a middle reliever for Madayag, who was playing superb in the position before suffering a season-ending right anterior cruciate ligament tear last Tuesday during training.
“Kiwi stepped up kahit recently lang siya nalipat sa middle,” said reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, who like Ahomiro is playing her last season for the blue and white.
“For the past ilang games din eh, marami na rin talaga na si Maddie ang ginagamit ni coach (sa middle). Pero once in a while ginagamit din talaga ni coach si Kiwi as the middle blocker. And for the past two years under coach Tai, gitna talaga si Kiwi, so OK naman (ang nilaro niya),” added Valdez.
With Madayag taking the position, Ahomiro’s number dipped compared from the past season and the she admitted that she groped in form playing a different role.
“I just play with the other position naman, I had to worry about defense and being in the back row, which I think is one of the hardest part of playing volleyball -- playing defense,” Ahomiro said. “So I’m just happy being back and be this energy that I can go out and like recharge and come back in.”
The league will have a long break for the Holy Week observance and Ateneo will see action on April 2 against Adamson University.
“I don’t know if it’s gonna be better off (me at the middle) but today we won so hopefully all the games will be like that. I think everyone naman played well, everyone played their position well,” added Ahomiro. “It’s always bad to lose someone in injury but we were able to play well naman so hopefully all of the games will be like that also.”
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