UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo snatches third straight win
Mark Escarlote on Feb 21, 2018 04:49 PM
Ateneo de Manila University bagged its third straight win in a five-set victory over Adamson University.
Ateneo de Manila University went through the proverbial eye of the needle to extend its winning streak three straight after surviving a tough five-set battle 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-10, against Adamson University in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Season 79 Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte delivered in crunch time and the Lady Eagles buckled down on net defense in the closing stretch of the fifth set to improve to 3-2 win-loss record.
Jho Maraguinot finished with 15 points while skipper Maddie Madayag and Samonte posted 14 markers each for the Ateneo, which won a five-setter match for the first time this season after dropping their first two games that went the full distance against Far Eastern University and National University. Kat Tolentino got 10 points while Deanna Wong tallied 40 excellent sets for the Lady Eagles.
“Siguro pinakita talaga namin na lumaban talaga kami compared sa other [five-setters],” said Madayag. “Saka nakita naman na sobrang close yung scores and I guess nag-step up yung mga bata.”
Samonte gave Ateneo an 11-8 lead in the fifth frame. Eli Soyud scored on a kill block against Maraguinot in the next play but Samonte answered with an off the block hit to push the Lady Eagles' lead back to 12-9. Tolentino scored two straight points after Le-Anne Perez cut Ateneo's lead to two points that pushed the Lady Eagles at match point, 14-10.
Madayag sealed the victory with a kill block on Adamson rookie Chiara Permentilla.
The Katipunan-based squad defeated the Lady Falcons for the 11th straight meeting and sent Adamson reeling to its second loss in a row. The Lady Falcons’ last win over the Ateneo was back in Season 75 in five sets, 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-25, 15-10, last January 20, 2013.
Eli Soyud had 19 points while Jema Galanza added 12 markers for Adamson, which slid to 2-3 slate.
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