Such a talent --- Queen Eagle Valdez on Madayag
Mark Escarlote on Jan 31, 2016 07:18 PM
Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez praised Maddie Madayag's gutsy effort in Ateneo de Manila's opening day win over National University.
Sophomore Maddie Madayag immediately made an impact after coach Tai Bundit injected her in the starting six of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles.
Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez praised the 17-year-old middle’s gutsy effort as Ateneo tamed the National University Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Sunday to open its three-peat bid in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
“Such a talent, skills-wise, height-wise nasa kanya e,” said the back-to-back Most Valuable Player.
Madayag scored 13 points including five kill blocks and held her ground against NU’s 6-foot-5 middle Jaja Santiago.
“Sana magtulu’y tuloy lang and sobrang nandoon ang consistency at connection nila ni Jia (Morado) iba e. I hope magtulu’y tuloy lang rin,” added Valdez, who led all scorers with 18.
Madayag, a product of Davao Christian High School, played a vital role in front of the net to stop the hitters of NU or slow down the Lady Bulldogs’ attacks to give Ateneo’s floor defense time to recover.
The Lady Eagles extended their winning streak to 19 dating back from their victories in the last two championship games of Season 76 against De La Salle.
Seldom-used in her first year, the comely 5-foot-9 player delivered when her number was called by Bundit. Her role seemed natural for the Lady Eagle.
“Ok naman po since high school gitna po talaga ako kaya alam ko rin po kung ano ang gagawin,” Madayag said.
She added that what they went through in preparation for the season paid dividends especially with the departure of prized libero Denden Lazaro, Ella De Jesus and another backup middle Aeriel Patnongon.
“Teamwork talaga and dapat alam namin ang gagawin naming. Si coach Tai (Bundit) din talaga tinuturuan kami (sa practice) gaya ng kung kunyari sinong iba-block,” she said.
With Madayag being another scoring and defensive option to complement the firepower of Valdez, expect the Lady Eagles to soar once again to realize their grand slam goal.
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