Lady Eagles claw Red Warriors for third straight win
Mark Escarlote on Feb 22, 2017 03:33 PM
Ateneo de Manila welcomed the return of coach Tai Bundit with a sweep of University of the East.
Ateneo de Manila steamrolled past University of the East, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21, for its third straight win and continued hold of the second spot Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles, who welcomed the return of head coach Tai Bundit after missing two games to fly to Thailand and attend the funeral of her mother-in-law, improved to 4-1 win-loss record for second place behind unbeaten University of the Philippines (4-0).
Michelle Morente and Bea De Leon led the scoring assault for the Katipunan-based squad and sent the Lady Warriors reeling to 0-5 slate. But it was Jia Morado who made the game run fluidly for the Lady Eagles with 35 excellent sets.
Morente fnished with 13 points while De Leon had 11 markers for Ateneo de Manila, which poured 42 spikes. Morente and De Leon combined for 20 attacks while Maddie Madayag registered nine points with three coming off kill blocks. Morado had six points anchored on four of Ateneo's 11 service aces.
The Lady Eagles faced a tough challenge in the second set with the Lady Warriors keeping the frame tight at 21-all. But Maraguinot was there to spark the closing rally with back-to-back hits. Madayag scored on a kill block in the next play before Morado nailed the set-clinching ace for a 2-0 match lead.
"'Pag tiningnan mo ang UE kapag hindi ka lumaro ng maganda talagang lalaban kasi ang lalaki eh," said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. "So ngayon ko nga lang sila (UE) nakita ng malapitan parang walang maliit sa loob so talagang nag-improve talaga sila this year."
Vastly-improved UE gave a good fight in the second and third sets after a bad outing in the opening frame. The Lady Warriors even held the lead a couple of times in those sets including a 16-14 advantage in the third.
But just like in their previous four games, UE lacked the finishing kick to fall to its fifth loss in a row.
Skipper Shaya Adorador and Mary Anne Mendrez scored 11 points each for the Lady Warriors, who scored 12 points off kill blocks.
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