UAAP Volleyball: 'Atin to' speech helps down UST for second time

Philip Matel on Feb 28, 2018 05:15 PM
'Atin to' speech helps down UST for second time
Thomasians must now be dreading when they hear the six-letter phrase.

The UP community surely must file copyright for the phrase "Atin 'to!"

For the second time this season, a UP team huddled during a timeout and uttered the words "Atin 'to" against a UST team, with the Maroons on the verge of a momentum swing that will favor the Diliman-based team.

Just as the Golden Tigresses were slowly creeping up on the Lady Maroons late in the second set, 24-23, coach Godfrey Okumu huddled up his girls in order to avoid the deuce.

Suddenly, somebody uttered the two-word phrase, before UP claimed the set as Ayel Estrañero denied Carla Sandoval to win the second set, 25-23.

UP then went on a rampage to claim the next two sets, led by Tots Carlos' 32 points.

When asked who uttered the phrase, the UP skipper said that it was probably Marianne Buitre who said the magical words, which helped spark the run.

On why Buitre said it, Carlos said that they were inspired by the heroics their basketball counterparts did in the very first day of the UAAP basketball season back in September.

"Syempre, napanood naman natin si Paul Desiderio, so buong puso niya ibinigay kung anong meron siya. Yun yung gusto ng teammates namin."

For those who can't remember how the #AtinTo phenomenon started, here's a refresher:

Isa Molde then added that their desire to win fueled the speech, thus redeeming themselves after a four-game slump to notch their second victory of the season.

Thomasians must now be dreading when they hear the six-letter phrase.

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