PVL: Lady Eagles stave off Lady Knights in opener
Mark Escarlote on Aug 17, 2019 12:39 PM
Ateneo de Manila University opened its campaign with a four-set win over Letran. (Arvin Lim)
Ateneo de Manila University shook off a second set meltdown to weather Letran’s upset scare, 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, on Saturday to open its Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group A campaign on a high note at the FilOil Flyinng V Centre in San Juan.
Faith Nisperos made her presence felt in her debut for the reigning UAAP champions Lady Eagles with 19 points built on 17 attacks and a pair of aces.
Vanessa Gandler wreaked havoc from the service line, landing seven of Ateneo’s 13 aces while hitting eight kills for 15 points. Gandler played an all-around game with 15 digs for the Lady Eagles, who played sans Ponggay Gaston who was under the weather while starting seter Deanna Wong skipped the whole tournament because a shin injury.
“We have to adjust our rotation because ponggay got sick kahapon talaga. You know naman hindi kompleto yung line-up namin so we really have to make a way find a way with what we have,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro.
Erika Raagas had 11 markers while Jules Samonte had eight points for Ateneo. Jaja Maraguinot tallied 24 excellent sets to help the Lady Eagles nail 49 attacks on top of seven markers. Dani Ravena had 23 digs and 10 excellent receptions for the Katipunan-based squad.
Gandler’s heavy serves fueled Ateneo’s comeback in the fourth frame from 12-14. Gandler tied the match at 14 from the service line before putting the Lady Eagles up, 16-14.
Ateneo scored off a Letran error, Gandler landed another ace before Nisperos closed the Lady Eagles’ seven-point swing with a kill. Ateneo controlled the game from there as Nisperos sealed the victory with a hit.
Letran showed grit in the second frame breaking a 22-22 deadlock with three straight points capped by Edma Musngi’s back-to-back aces.
Charm Simborio scored 16 points while Chamberlaine Cunada finished with 12 for the Lady Knights.
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