UAAP Season 81: Tolentino, Madayag power Ateneo in bounce back win
Mark Escarlote on Feb 20, 2019 04:11 PM
Ateneo de Manila University bounced back from an opening day loss at the expense of University of Sto. Tomas.
Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag flexed their muscles to carry Ateneo de Manila University to a mighty bounce back win over University of Sto. Tomas, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The veteran duo delivered the goods as the Lady Eagles barged in the win column to tie their victim at 1-1 and rebound from a four-set defeat in their season debut at the hands of archrival De La Salle University.
Madayag scored 15 points off nine attacks and six kill blocks to rebound from a five-point outing against the Lady Spikers. Tolentino had 22 points off 16 attacks, four kill blocks and a pair of aces laced with 11 digs while Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte combined for 11 markers for Ateneo.
"Hopefully, this is a stepping stone for us for a bright future," said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in his first win with the Lady Eagles after replacing Thai mentor Tai Bundit after Season 80.
The Katipunan-based squad staved off the Tigresses' frantic comeback attempt in the closing stretch of the fourth set. UST cut what used to be a 10-4 deficit to 18-16 after Caitlyn Viray's ace.
Ateneo was quick to fireback to extend its lead to 23-18. The Tigresses breathed down the Lady Eagles' necks 23-22 before Tolentino hammered a down the line attack. Milena Alessandrini threw the game away by sending her attack long.
Ateneo caught fire early to dictate the tempo of the match in the first two sets.
UST got its service game going in the third frame, scoring five of their first seven points from Alina Bicar’s aces. The Tigresses built an 18-8 advantage in the frame for a comfortable cushion heading before Alessandrini sealed UST’s set win with back-to-back aces.
Sisi Rondina posted 20 points with all but one coming off hits and 24 digs while Eya Laure and Alessandrini scored 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for UST, which threw 36 points off miscues.
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