Lady Eagles gun for second win, Tigresses eye an upset
Mark Escarlote on Feb 07, 2016 01:34 AM
Three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila aims for a share of the lead as the Lady Eagles face the wounded University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses.
Defending champion Ateneo de Manila looks to continue its good start when the Lady Eagles take on the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses on Sunday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Behind reigning two-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez and the inspired game of sophomore Maddie Madayag, the Lady Eagles opened their three-peat bid with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, taming of the National University Lady Bulldogs.
After a week-long break Ateneo will march into the 2:00 p.m. battle against a team that is coming of a tough loss last Wednesday.
The game will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.
Valdez finished with 18 points in their last game while Madayag had 13 markers including five kill blocks. The two are again expected to power Ateneo to extend its winning run to 20, a string of victories dating back from the last two championship games of Season 76, and a share of the early lead with archrival De La Salle University.
Aside from Valdez and Madayag, head coach Tai Bundit is also counting on Amy Ahomiro, Bea De Leon, Jho Maraguinot, setter Jia Morado and libero Gizelle Tan, who had a superb outing the last time out with nine excellent receptions, to help the Lady Eagles repulse the Tigresses, who are out to snatch their first win of the season.
UST fell short of a comeback against the Adamson Lady Falcons, fading away in the final stretch as they drop a painful five-set marathon, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 30-28, 14-16.
It was a sorry loss for the Tigresses as Cherry Rondina played a career game, scoring a personal-best 30 points in a lost cause.
Head coach Kung Fu Reyes will lean on Rondina, EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Jessey De Leon and Carmela Tunay, who played sour in the first game of her last playing year with only five points in two sets, in the tough task ahead.
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