Lady Eagles remain unscathed in four outings
Mark Escarlote on Feb 14, 2016 06:17 PM
Ateneo de Manila kept its unbeaten record intact after four starts.
Ateneo de Manila gave University of the Philippines a heartache on Valentine’s Day.
The defending two-time champion Lady Eagles made a quick disposal of the Lady Maroons, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21, Sunday to remain unbeaten in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Behind another stellar performance from Queen Eagle and reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo improved its record to 4-0 and extended its winning run to 22 dating back to the Lady Eagles victory in Games 3 and 4 of Season 76 Finals series.
Valdez, who a night before received her third straight Miss Volleyball award given by the Philippine Sportswriters Association, had 12 kills in her total of 13 points for the Lady Eagles, who will take on the Adamson Lady Falcons next.
Bea De Leon finished with 13 points while Maddie Madayag got 10 for the Katipunan-based squad.
Even after another easy victory, Valdez pointed out that Ateneo – which dropped only one set this season against University of Sto. Tomas – still has a lot to improve on.
“Marami pa ring mga ginawa namin na nagla-lack talaga kami. Siguro ‘yung errors namin, service, ‘yung blocking namin. Sobra, we have to improve on our blocking,” she said.
The Lady Eagles had four kill blocks while the Lady Maroons had five with three coming from rookie Diana Carlos, who finished with a game-high 16 points.
Ateneo controlled each set and never gave UP a chance to gain any momentum in the one-hour, 17-minute tussle of Katipunan neighbors.
The 17-year-old Carlos pounded 13 of the Lady Maroons total of 39 kills.
Freshman Isa Molde finished with nine points while Nicole Tiamzon had seven for UP, which absorbed its second straight defeat in three games to drop to a tie with Adamson and Far Eastern University in fifth to sixth spot.
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