Morado-Morente leadership comes through for Ateneo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2017 09:05 PM
EXPERIENCE POINTS. Jia Morado and Mich Morente were successful in rallying their troops.
Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tai Bundit is not one to have many words for his girls.
The Thai mentor is a master motivator, but hasn’t always needed the English language to do so.
Still, when the going gets tough for the Lady Eagles, a voice has to speak loud and speak clear.
That is even truer in the ongoing season as longtime pillar Alyssa Valdez is no longer with the team.
Fortunately for Ateneo, it still has more than capable leaders in the form of team captain Jia Morado and returning Mich Morente.
And their leadership showed in their big-time battle against archrival De La Salle University on Saturday.
Down by four near the end of the first and by five near the end of the second, it was the two who rallied the Lady Eagles. Hearing Bea De Leon tell it, “Definitely, it was hard to come back from that. We just really stuck together.”
She then continued, “Jia just kept reminding us to go back to the basics. And Mich was also very vocal.”
That proved to be just what Ateneo needed as De Leon said through chuckles, “Cause coach Tai doesn’t really do talking.”
Following the lead of their veterans, the Lady Eagles pushed forth a 7-1 fightback in the first set and an 8-1 fightback in the second set to seize a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Spikers came back in the third set, but Ateneo quickly countered in the fourth set to wrap up the match as well as a first-place standing.
In the end, Morado and Morente were successful in rallying their troops. Coming out the victors, De Leon said of their resolve, “We just kept going, we just kept pushing. With La Salle, you can’t let the score get to you.”
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