PVL: Lady Eagles show respect for Ate Ly by playing at their best
Mark Escarlote on Oct 28, 2018 11:31 PM
So ‘yun nga pagdating namin sa court sa amin kailangan mong isipin na, ‘Kaya namin ito. Kahit si Ate Ly ‘yan kaya namin ‘to.’ Not in a ‘di wala yan.’ Pero siyempre yung respect namin sa kanya yun yung pinakanagmo-motivate sa amin na sige kaya din namin ‘yan --- Bea De Leon on Alyssa Valdez
BATANGAS CITY --- Ateneo-Motolite players knew that facing former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez and the Creamline Cool Smashers will require them to pour their 101%.
For Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino, playing at their best is the highest form of respect they could give to the best volleybelle produced by the Katipunan-based squad this generation.
And the Lady Eagles did not disappoint as they survived Valdez’s 32-point explosion with an edge-of-your-seat 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, escape Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Batangas Sports Coliseum here.
“When we get on court even playing field eh. Coach (Oliver Almadro) will always tell us, ‘‘Wag kayong mangilala.’ Kasi siyempre we already know how Ate Ly is. She’s really, really great at her own right,” said De Leon, who finished with 15 points.
“So ‘yun nga pagdating namin sa court sa amin kailangan mong isipin na, ‘Kaya namin ito. Kahit si Ate Ly ‘yan kaya namin ‘to.’ Not in a ‘di wala yan.’ Pero siyempre yung respect namin sa kanya yun yung pinakanagmo-motivate sa amin na sige kaya din namin ‘yan,” she added.
The graduating middle blocker admitted that facing Valdez, who brought the Lady Eagles to back-to-back UAAP titles in Seasons 76 and 77, and the same team that swept them in the first round last week put chills down her spine.
“I was scared. I was really scared, but coach really want to like from last game, Creamline din last game, he told us one thing lang and that’s not to worry,” said De Leon, who played with Valdez in Ateneo for two years. “Trust your teammates lang talaga and that’s what we did.
“Every time we huddle in the middle all we tell each other is we have to take and breath and we really have to trust each other. We did and we delivered naman.”
Tolentino broke a 12-12 tie in the fifth frame with a strong smash before former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez committed a crucial attack error by putting too much power on her attack. Rookie Vanessa Gandler introduced herself to Valdez with a solid kill block on her to seal the win.
“I think for me, we really fought for those last four sets and we’re not gonna give up in the fifth set. Those last three points were really, there’s no other choice for us but to win,” said Tolentino, who led Ateneo-Motolite with 22 points.
“I think it’s the same for any team of course its coach Tai (Bundit) and Creamline they’re one of the top competitors so were motivated because of that,” added Tolentino, who together with Madayag and Ponggay Gaston skipped the Lady Eagles’ first meeting with Creamline last week to attend a community immersion.
The victory put Ateneo-Motolite at solo top spot with a 7-2 win-loss record while the Cool Smashers saw their six-game winning streak snapped and fell to second spot tied with BanKo with 6-2 mark.
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