UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Wong steering Ateneo in the right direction

Mark Escarlote on Feb 25, 2018 08:49 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Wong steering Ateneo in the right direction
Deanna Wong is slowly proving her worth as a vital cog in Ateneo de Manila University's drive to reclaim the throne.

After four straight victories following a disappointing start in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, Ateneo de Manila University is now brimming with confidence.

And the player that benefitted the most with the Lady Eagles’ morale-boosting string of success is young setter Deanna Wong.

Filling the huge shoes left by prized playmaker Jia Morado, Wong is slowly proving her worth as a vital cog in Ateneo’s drive to reclaim the crown they last held two seasons ago.

Wong tallied 33 excellent sets Sunday when the Lady Eagles added University of the Philippines to their list of victims, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“I think the start of the season was really nerve-wracking talaga to know I mean the thought that your replacing a great setter talaga,” said Wong, who barely saw action last year with Morado working her magic on a team playing in its first season post-Alyssa Valdez era.

But when Morado decided to forego her last playing year hours after bowing down to archrival De La Salle University in the Finals, Wong was given a huge role.   

“Ate Jia talked to me about it naman na parang no expectations lang just play my game and confidence talaga ang kailangan,” she said.

The Lady Eagles are now sporting a 4-2 win-loss record tied with two-time defending champion Lady Spikers.

“I think it’s getting better like what ate Bea (de Leon) said parang after the two straight losses we found our way up. Parang we found the teamwork that we lost in the first two games and it takes training lang talaga ang parang we know na we’re getting there,” she said.

Ateneo hopes to ride the crest of their hot streak when they face DLSU on Saturday.

 

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