UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo escapes gutsy UP challenge
Mark Escarlote on Feb 25, 2018 04:21 PM
Ateneo de Manila University claimed its fourth straight win at the expense of skidding University of the Philippines.
Ateneo de Manila University’s winning run extended to four straight Sunday after surviving a gutsy effort by University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles improved to 4-2 win-loss record tied with archrival two-time defending champion De La Salle University.
Season 79 Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte scored 15 points of 12 attacks, two kill blockd and an ace to lead Ateneo. Jho Maraguinot had 11 while Bea De Leon and skipper Maddie Madayag chipped in with nine markers each for the Lady Eagles. Deanna Wong tallied 33 excellent sets.
“I think of course being on the actual court and on the actual game is a big help for us every game is a learning experience and as I said before you know the 0-2 start was really tough so it was either we go up, no way but up, or just stay there,” said De Leon. “Buti na lang with the encouragement of our teammates and coaches we found our way up naman.”
Ateneo once again prevailed in the Battle of Katipunan as the Lady Eagles sent their neighbors reeling to their fourth straight sets defeat to slide to 1-4 slate.
But the Lady Maroons gave the Lady Eagles a hard time closing down the match. UP held a 23-22 lead after making a run in the third set, using as rallying point the loss of Jesma Ramos who tweaked her right ankle after stepping on the foot of Ateneo hitter Kat Tolentino after a block attempt early in frame.
Jho Maraguinot and Jules Samonte scored on back-to-back kills to put the Lady Eagles at match point but Diana Carlos was there to equalize. Ateneo again went ahead on the next play only to see Carlos tie it again at 25.
Tolentino gave the Lady Maroons a taste of set point after an attack error but Rose Cailing made a costly service error – UP’s 11th from the service line. Carlos tried to save UP once again but committed two straight errors on spike attempts that went wide.
Carlos scored 20 points while Isa Molde added 16 for the Lady Maroons, who surrendered 26 points off errors.
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