UAAP Season 81: Lady Eagles open Japan training camp
Mark Escarlote on Jan 05, 2019 06:20 PM
Ateneo de Manila University flew to Japan for a 12-day training camp.
Ateneo de Manila University’s preparation shifts into full gear with just a month to go before the opening of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
The Lady Eagles flew to Japan Saturday for their training camp in Osaka that will run until January 16.
Head coach Oliver Almadro is expected to fine tune the Lady Eagles with his system heading into his first stint as Ateneo women’s mentor in the most prestigious collegiate league in the country.
The squad, led by graduating players Bea De Leon, Ponggay Gaston, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino, will also have tune-up games against local teams to further hone their skills and develop team chemistry.
Kobe Shinwa Women's University will host the Lady Eagles' training camp thru coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto.
Aside from training sessions and tune-up games, Ateneo will also participate in mini tournaments and will be mentored by seasoned Japanese coaches.
Rookie Samantha Fanger skipped the trip to attend to personal matters.
Ateneo for the first time in seven years failed to advance in the Finals after receiving the boot from Far Eastern University in the Final Four of Season 80. The Lady Eagles bid goodbye to Thai head coach Tai Bundit, who was replaced by Almadro, who led the Blue Eagles to three-straight men’s titles from Season 77 to 79.
As part of their pre-season build up, Ateneo participated in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference under the Motolite banner.
The Lady Eagles finished runner-up to powerhouse team Creamline led by former Ateneo stars Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado.
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