UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP drops upset ax on Ateneo, stays alive in semis race

Mark Escarlote on Apr 07, 2018 06:42 PM
UP drops upset ax on Ateneo, stays alive in semis race
University of the Philippines came up on top in the Battle of Katipunan with a huge upset of Ateneo de Manila University.

University of the Philippines scored a huge upset over Ateneo de Manila University with an emphatic 28-26, 25-23, 26-24 victory to stay alive in the race for the last Final Four berth in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at the MOA Arena.

The Lady Maroons pulled off the shocking victory in a very tight contest as UP improved to 5-8 win-loss slate while handing the Lady Eagles their first loss in the second round that snapped Ateneo’s five-game winning streak.

UP claimed its first win over its Katipunan neighbor since the second round of Season 78 -- the last time the Lady Maroons earned a semis spot.

“You know what I’m about to say? Finish strong. That’s what we came to do and that’s what we did,” said UP Kenyan coach Godfrey Okumu. “I hope on the next coming game in the weekend, we will try to do the same we will just have to finish strong.”

Tots Carlos showed the way for UP with 22 points off 18 attacks, three aces and a kill block while adding eight digs. Isa Molde chipped in 13 markers and 10 excellent receptions while Ayel Estranero, Jessma Ramos and Marist Layug added six markers each for the Lady Maroons, who need to win their last elims match against University of the East and hope that National University (6-6) and Adamson University (5-7) won't reach seven wins to force a playoff for the last semifinals seat. 

After surviving an extended first set, UP again went behind 21-16 in the second frame before mounting a comeback to stun the Lady Eagles. Ateneo threatened to tie the match after taking a 23-21 lead but Carlos took matters on her own hands to spark a closing rally for a 2-0 match lead.

The Lady Eagles again took the helm, 24-22, but Carlos once again came to rescue UP and complete a revenge sweep over its first round tormentors.

Kat Tolentino was the only Ateneo player in double figures with 15 points. Maddie Madayag got eight markers while Jho Maraguinot was limited to only seven points as the Lady Eagles absorbed their fourth loss in 13 games that delayed their chance of taking a semis twice-to-beat advantage.



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