Lady Eagles dismantle incomplete Lady Falcons
Mark Escarlote on Mar 26, 2017 03:17 PM
Ateneo de Manila secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.
Ateneo de Manila University made easy pickings of Jema Galanza-less Adamson University, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11 Sunday and secured at least playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
The Lady Eagles bounced back from a five-set loss to National University last Wedenesday and captured their 10th win in 12 outings to climb on solo lead sans head coach Tai Bundit, who flew back to Thailand to attend to personal matters.
Ateneo took advantage of the Lady Falcons, who played without an under the weather Galanza, who collapsed Thursday due to fatigue, for a quick win that mirrored the straight sets victory of the Lady Eagles against Adamson in the first round.
The Katipunan-based squad had a chance to field in its bench players in the match and the Lady Eagles highlighted its domination with a 16-0 lead in the third set before Kim Gequillana gave Adamson a chance to enter the scoreboard with a service error.
Gequillana was fielded only in the second and third sets but still reached double figures with 11 points from seven kills and four aces. The Bacolod-native was at the service line 16 times in the third before overshooting her 17th attempt. Michelle Morente had seven markers while Jules Samonte finished with six for Ateneo, which uncorked 35 spikes and 10 service aces.
"Di naman sa pine-personal, nagkataon lang," said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who was Adamson's former head coach before transfering to the Lady Eagles.
Ateneo's last elims assignments are against University of the East on April 2 and archrival De La Salle University on April 8.
The Lady Falcons absorbed their12th loss in as many games and 19th straight since the second round of last season.
Joy Dacoron scored eight points to lead Adamson.
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