PVL: Lady Eagles book first semis berth
Mark Escarlote on Nov 11, 2018 07:05 PM
Ateneo-Motolite secured a Final Four seat after completing an elimination round sweep of listless Adamson-Akari.
Ateneo-Motolite survived another tough challenge put up by Adamson-Akari, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20, Sunday to clinch the first Final Four ticket in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles came back from a point down in the fourth set with a closing 9-2 blitz to get back on the winning track after a stinging loss the night before and improve to 10-3 win-loss record.
“Well you know naman Adamson is, of course, there’s an added energy because it’s a UAAP team. Alam ko naman hindi pa sila kumpleto and we’re really watching pinag-aaralan din namin ang previous games nila na kumpleto sila but now hindi sila kumpleto,” said Ateneo-Motolite coach Oliver Almadro. “Kami naman we really have to manage the composure, manage the resiliency and of course being aggressive kahit sinong nasa harap.”
Ateneo-Motolite, which advanced in the best-of-three semifinals, will close the elims against PetroGazz on Saturday.
Maddie Madayag finished with 15 points coming off eight attacks, four kill blocks and three aces to pace the Lady Eagles, who came from a straight sets loss to BanKo Saturday in Malolos, Bulacan.
Rookie Vanessa Gandler and Kat Tolentino scored 12 each for Ateneo-Motolite. Gandler also had 18 digs and 10 excellent receptions.
Down, 16-18, in the fourth frame Jules Samonte sparked the Lady Eagles’ comeback with a through the block hit.
Adamson committed back-to-back errors in the next play. Gandler scored a down the line kill, Bernadette Flora answered with a hit before the freshman unleashed an off the block attack to put Ateneo-Motolite’s lead to 21-19.
Madayag landed a service winner followed by a Bea De Leon hit before Adamson-Akari rookie Trisha Genesis committed an attack error as the Lady Eagles pushed at match point, 24-19. Flora saved a match point but another miscue this time from MJ Igao’s serve that went long sealed the Lady Falcons’ 10th straight loss in as many outings.
Flora had 17 points while Chiara Permentilla finished with 12 for the Adamson-Akari, which threw away 29 points off errors.
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