Lady Maroons out to end Ateneo dynasty

Paul Lintag on Apr 16, 2016 07:05 AM
Lady Maroons out to end Ateneo dynasty
UP is out to make a big statement to start the Final Four.

The main event of the Battle of Katipunan Saturday is a big one as Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the defending champion Lady Eagles begin their three-peat quest against an upstart Lady Maroons squad.

People have been clamoring for this Final Four matchup in the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament and now they have it.

Top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University, which is armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, takes on the University of the Philippines led by super rookie Isa Molde at the Mall of Asia Arena in what looks like an explosive pairing.

The Lady Eagles, who looked vulnerable during the middle of the season, are back to their winning ways as they clinched the no. 1 spot thanks to a six-game winning streak and a victory over rival La Salle last week.

UP meanwhile, got a little help from the Lady Spikers to make the Final Four outright as La Salle beat NU last Wednesday, making State U's return to postseason play for the first time since 2004 official.

Gametime is set at 4 p.m. and will be live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23 and ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD channel 166 as well as on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap for livestreaming.

Both teams split their games during the regular season.

Ateneo took the first round matchup but what got people really excited for this particular matchup was the second round encounter where the young Lady Maroons totally demolished the Lady Eagles in four sets.

 

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