Lady Eagles book ticket for seventh straight Final Four stint
Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2016 07:23 PM
Ateneo de Manila occupied the first Final Four seat.
Three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila booked a ticket to the Final Four for the seventh straight year after a quick work of University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, Saturday in the 78th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Eagles showed no signs of slowing down even without injured middle Maddie Madayag to collect their third straight victories for a 9-2 win-loss record at solo lead.
Ateneo swept UST in their elimination round face off with Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro, who returned to her natural position in the middle to fill the void left by Madayag after sustaining a season-ending right anterior cruciate ligament tear Tuesday.
Madayag is set to return to Manila from a long rest in Davao after the Holy Week to undergo surgery on her ACL injury.
Valdez scored 13 of her total of 14 points from attacks while Jho Maraguinot also had 14 markers with seven excellent receptions. Ahomiro finished with 10 points coming from five kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces for Ateneo, which gave away 22 points off errors.
Jia Morado was again effective in orchestrating the Lady Eagles’ play with 31 excellent sets to go with four points.
“Marami pa rin kaming unforced errors. I think we also need to work on our service and then siguro defense,” said the graduating Queen Eagle Valdez.
“But then very obvious naman kanina na sobrang nag-work din ang blocking so we’re really happy with Bea (de Leon) and Kiwi,” added Valdez, whose crew gave UST’s hitters especially Cherry Rondina a hard time penetrating their net defense as Ateneo scored eight kill blocks.
Rondina had 11 points but got little support from the rest of the Tigresses with skipper EJ Laure scoring nine points while Ria Meneses had six. Carmela Tunay had a bad outing playing only two sets to score two points as UST dropped to 5-6 record tied with National University in fifth to sixth spot.
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