Ahomiro set to return in the middle to fill in for injured Madayag

Mark Escarlote on Mar 17, 2016 02:28 PM
Ahomiro set to fill in for injured Madayag
Amy Ahomiro (no. 16) will slide to her natural position at the middle for Ateneo de Manila as a replacement for injured Maddie Madayag.

Graduating player Amy Ahomiro will return to her natural position at the middle with Ateneo de Manila sophomore Maddie Madayag ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a right knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.

The Lady Eagles team manager Tony Boy Liao told ABS-CBN Sports that even before Madayag suffered an injury Tuesday during the team’s spiking drill, the two-time defending champion’s tacticians were already discussing some tweaks in their players’ positions.

“Actually, before nangyari ‘yang injury, we were already talking with coach Tai (Bundit) sa mga puwedeng gawin,” said Liao in a phone interview. “Medyo kasi sumama ang laro ni Maddie kaya kung mapapansin mo nu’ng mga nakaraang laro iniikot-ikot niya ang mga tao sa loob.”

The 18-year-old Davaoena averaged 8.5 points in the Lady Eagles first seven games in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament and led the league in service aces after the first round before logging in just two points in Ateneo’s loss to University of the Philippines, improved to eight in a win versus National University before dropping to three against Far Eastern University.   

Liao said that Ateneo, which holds an 8-2 win-loss record tied at first spot with De La Salle, planned to have Madayag come off the bench on Saturday against University of Sto. Tomas.        

“Ang plano talaga namin si Madayag ang sa reserve tapos si Kiwi and si Bea (De Leon) ang sa gitna. Eh nangyari nga itong injury kaya matutuloy ‘yung ganoong plano,” he said.

Ahomiro, a vital cog in Ateneo’s two titles, was quiet in the first round, groping for form in an opposite role, only sliding back at the middle as a reliever for Madayag.           

“Sa ngayon nad’yan naman si Kiwi at Bea para sa position,” said Liao. “Ang problema lang talaga nawalan kami ngayon ng pang-sub.”

“Tinitingnan namin ngayon sa lineup kung sino pa ang pwede pang pamalit,” he added. “We have three days pa to train (before the game against UST).”

Liao said that “Siguro it was a blessing in disguise na rin na at least may three days kami para maghanda and makita kung sino ang ipapalit and may Holy Week break pa.”

After their game against UST, the Katipunan-based volleybelles’ next assignment is on April 2 against Adamson.





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