Lady Eagles submit Tigresses in three
Mark Escarlote on Feb 04, 2017 06:12 PM
Ateneo de Manila sweeps University of Sto. Tomas behind Jho Maraguinot's 15 points.
Ateneo de Manila University breezed past University of Sto. Tomas, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, Saturday to debut in style and send a chilling message to oppositions that the Lady Eagles remain a force to be reckoned with post-Alyssa Valdez era.
The Lady Eagles rained down attacks from almost every angle to pummel the Tigresses into submission and join early winner National University on top of the leaderboard of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
Freshman Kat Tolentino and third year player Maddie Madayag showed the way for the Katipunan-based squad and helped veterans Michelle Morente, who is making a comeback after missing last season because of academic problems, setter Jia Morado, Bea De Leon and Jho Maraguinot pass Ateneo’s first test after the departure of Valdez.
Maraguinot, the heir apparent of Valdez, uncorked 12 attacks on her way to 15 points while Morente and Tolentino, who had to skip her supposed rookie year last season because of a knee inkjury she sustained during a pre-season tournament, finished with nine and eight points, respectively.
"We're very happy with the win," said fourth year playmaker Morado. "We've been waiting for this for a long time. People were expecting us to have opening day jitters. But I think, lalo na in the end game, lumabas naman 'yung pinaghandaan namin."
"We're hoping na we can continue this for the following games. I think there were times na we were shaky but we made adjustments naman," added Morado, who dished out 45 of Ateneo's 47 excellent sets.
UST, which is considerd as one of the title contenders heading into the season, had a bad outing on their reception, giving away 11 points to the Lady Eagles from the service line.
EJ Laure and Sisi Rondina finished with 17 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Espana-based squad, which joined University of the East in the opening day losers' list.
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