PVL Open Conference: Lady Eagles on acid test
Mark Escarlote on Sep 14, 2018 05:12 PM
Ateneo de Manila University gives fans a preview of their strength months before UAAP Season 81 with its participation in the PVL Season 2 Open Conference.
A new-look Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles squad will get their first test before the UAAP wars when they take on seasoned club teams in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
New head coach Oliver Almadro, who replaced resigned Tai Bundit after UAAP Season 80, will get his baptism of fire handling arguably the country’s most popular college team in the tournament slated to begin on September 22.
After missing out on the UAAP Finals for the first time after six straight appearances, Almadro will begin the Lady Eagles’ rebuilding process together with holdovers from last season’s team.
Graduating veteran Bea de Leon and seasoned middle blocker Maddie Madayag are back to lead Ateneo. Kim Gequillana is also back after sitting out the last UAAP season due to an ACL injury.
New recruits setter Jaja Maraguinot, sister of former Ateneo open spiker Jho, and Vanessa Gandler will also be put under the microscope as they try to live up to the hype and expectations of Lady Eagles fans.
Ateneo skipped the Collegiate Conference ruled by University of the Philippines.
Here is the full Ateneo lineup:
Bea De Leon