UAAP: Ateneo had the perfect response after Adamson stole a set

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 13, 2019 06:27 PM
Ateneo had the perfect response after Adamson stole a set
Ateneo did nothing but take on the challenge put up by Adamson

Ateneo de Manila University looked like it was en route to a straight sets win at the expense of Adamson University on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Down 0-4 early on before going on a 17-1 run, the Lady Eagles ultimately took the first set, 25-8.

Come the second, however, the tables turned and the Lady Falcons came from behind to snatch away the set, 25-22.

All of a sudden, there was a ball game and Ateneo had to regroup.

Fortunately for them, head coach Oliver Almadro was only raring and ready to lead them in getting back on track.

"Hindi madaling kalaban ang Adamson lalo kapag tyinaga ka ng Adamson. Hindi so-and-so ang Adamson kasi yung coaching staff and players, parehong seasoned," he shared post-game.

He then continued, "Kaya sabi ko sa kanila [Lady Eagles] after we lost the second set, you are challenged so accept the challenge. Luckily, yung resiliency ng players ko, nag-pay off."

Even better, team captain Bea de Leon was of the same mind. "What I noticed nung second set is walang motivation. 'Di namin napansin na nakaangat na pala sila," she said.

She then continued, "All we really wanted to do was to get back our composure. Sabi nga ni coach, take the challenge nung nakaisa sila."

Ateneo did just that, imposing its will anew and coming away with a nine-point win in Set 3 and then a 15-point win in Set 4.

In the end, they tripped, but were still able to march forward to their fifth win in a row. "Sobrang thankful po kami na kahit nakaisang set sila, naka-bounce back kami," Ponggay Gaston said.

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