Lady Eagles collect 24th win in a row, drop Lady Warriors to 51-game losing streak
Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2016 06:49 PM
Ateneo de Manila continues its domination of the 78th UAAP women's volleyball as the Lady Eagles notch their sixth straight win.
Ateneo de Manila gave University of the East a 58-minute beating as the Lady Eagles extend their winning run to six heading into the much-anticipated championship rematch against De La Salle University.
The three-peat seeking Lady Eagles trashed the Lady Warriors, 25-12, 25-10, 25-10, Wednesday to remain unscathed on top of the leaderboard in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Head coach Tai Bundit fielded all but one of his 14-woman roster in Ateneo’s 24th win overall, dating back from the Lady Eagles amazing championship run in Season 76.
Jhoana Maraguinot led nine other Lady Eagles who contributed in scoring with 12 points from 11 attacks – three kills more than the combined hits of UE - and a kill block while back-to-back Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez stepped back with 10 markers including the match-clinching cross court kill.
“Everyone played well today. Everyone contributed not only 'yung nasa first six talaga but coach Tai used the second stringers,” said Valdez. “For sure coach Tai, I hope, na masaya siya kasi napaglaro niya ang mga bata. Kasi kailangan din naming to build up confidence for the team.”
Ateneo will take on the Lady Spikers on Saturday to end their first round campaign. DLSU has not beaten the Katipunan-based squad since Game 2 of Season 76 Finals.
Last year, the Lady Spikers were swept – all in straight sets – by Ateneo with DLSU missing the services of Ara Galang due to a left knee injury she suffered in the stepladder semifinals against National University that ended her season.
Galang is back in full health and is expected to lead the Lady Spikers in the marquee match.
The Lady Eagles dominated the Lady Warriors the whole game, bullying the hapless Recto-based squad to submission.
It was a total embarrassment for the Francis Vicente-mentored team with his wards tallying a paltry 10 points. Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors with three markers.
UE dropped its sixth straight game and 51st overall since Season 74.
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