Lady Eagles win back-to-back
Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2017 06:21 PM
Ateneo de Manila wins its second straight match in a sweep of Adamson.
Ateneo de Manila rolled to its second straight win after shooting down the winless Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-19, 25-18, 25-13, Saturday to grab solo third spot in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles made short work of the Lady Falcons for its first back-to-back victories of the season to improve to 3-1 win-loss record behind league-leading and undefeated teams National University and University of the Philippines, which both parade a 3-0 mark.
Veterans Michelle Morente, Bea De Leon and Jho Maraguinot led the way for the Lady Eagles, who played for the second straight game without head coach Tai Bundit. The Thai mentor is scheduled to return on Monday after attending the funeral of her mother-in-law.
“Sa first two sets lumaban talaga sila (Adamson). So hindi mo rin masasabi na easy win kasi siyempre lumalaban din talaga sila,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who faced Adamson for the first time since quitting his position as mentor of the Lady Falcons midway of Season 78.
Morente exploded for 12 points anchored on 10 kills while adding five digs for the Lady Eagles. De Leon and Maraguinot finished with seven markers each while seasoned playmaker Jia Morado dished out 43 excellent sets spread among her teammates for balanced scoring.
The Lady Falcons were able to take an early lead in opening set 4-1 only to see the Lady Eagles overtake them. Adamson kept the game close in the second set but was overpowered by Ateneo down the stretch.
The Lady Eagles was in full control of the third, sending the Lady Falcons to their fourth straight defeat.
Ateneo will face another listless team in University of the East on Wednesday.
Jessica Galanza was silenced to eight points while Fatima Joaquin and Bernadette Flora scored seven and six markers, respectively, for Adamson, which is yet to win a set this season.
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