League-leading Lady Eagles snatch third win in a row, 21 straight overall

Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2016 04:47 PM
League-leading Lady Eagles snatch third win in a row
Ateneo de Manila remains on top of the standings after three games.

Defending back-to-back champion Ateneo De Manila University kept its tight grip of the lead and preserved its unbeaten record with a quick 25-22, 25-19, 25-15, disposal of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws Wednesday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez was in her usual dangerous self, blasting away 13 kills in her total of 15 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 win-loss record to stay on top of the standings and to a 21-game winning streak since winning Games 3 and 4 of Season 76.

The Katipunan-based squad was all business right from the opening serve as the Lady Eagles blanked the disorganized Lady Tams, 8-0, entering the first technical timeout of the first set. Ateneo widened the gap to 11-1 before FEU showed resistance.

The Lady Eagles were at set point, 24-16, when FEU counterattacked with six straight points led by Jerrili Malabanan and Toni Basas. But it was the Lady Tams' last hurrah as Bea De Leon sealed the frame with a block kill.

From here it was all Ateneo. 

FEU faded into a 13-game losing streak in its head-to-head with the Lady Eagles since completing a tournament sweep of Ateneo in Season 71 behind the then Queen Tamaraw Rachel Anne Daquis.

“As a new team consistency talaga ‘yung kailangan namin i-focus. And ‘yung maturity ng team nakikita every set siguro. Siyempre may weaknesses and pagkukulang pa kami as a team,” said Valdez, who had eigt digs and six excellent receptions for an all-around performance.

Maddie Madayag contributed with 11 markers while Jhoanna Maraguinot got 10 points with nine coming off kills.

FEU fell to a 1-2 record at sixth spot ahead of University of Sto. Tomas and University of the East.

Basas finished with 12 points while Malabanan had 10 for the Lady Tams, who fielded Bernadeth Pons after the FEU hitter skipped their match win against UE last Sunday due to an aching back.  

Pons played for only two sets in a scoreless relief role.




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