PVL: Lady Eagles snatch third straight win
Mark Escarlote on Oct 17, 2018 06:52 PM
Ateneo-Motolite extended its winning run to three straight for a 5-1 win-loss card.
Ateneo-Motolite displayed its mental toughness in the crucial stretch of the fifth set to turn back Tacloban, 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles survived its second straight five-set match and extended their winning run to three straight for a 5-1 win-loss record. The Katipunan-based squad overall had three five-set victories after prevailing over PetroGazz and Adamson-Akari.
“We’re still learning, we think ‘yung mga games na ganito kasi this is our preparation eh (for the UAAP)," said Ateneo-Motolite coach Oliver Almadro. "We really need to adjust right away kasi kalaban nga namin is mga veterans they know what to do already, so kailangan namin ng mga ganitong klaseng games para lalo pang tumibay ang mental toughness namin."
Kat Tolentino once again delivered the goods for Ateneo-Motolite scoring 16 points off 12 attacks, a pair of aces and two kill blocks – all coming from back-to-back defensive gems that sealed the win.
Bea De Leon had 15 markers while Maddie Madayag added 12 points highlighted by five kill blocks for the Lady Eagles, who added to the woes of skidding Tacloban.
Ateneo-Motolite weathered the Fighting Warays’ furious rally in the fifth frame after Tacloban chopped down the Lady Eagles’ 9-5 lead to one, 9-8. Maddie Madayag doused cold water on the Fighting Warays’ rally with a down the line kill that sparked Ateneo-Motolite’s 4-1 rally to create a 13-9 gap.
The Fighting Warays again closed the gap, 13-11, with back-to-back hits from Heather Guino-o and Jovielyn Prado before Tolentino’s heroics at the net.
Dimdim Pacres, a late addition for Tacloban, debuted with 18 points anchored on 15 kills and three aces Guino-o got 15. Anne Esguerra and Prado had 14 and 10 markers, respectively, for the 2-4 Fighting Warays.
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