UAAP Season 81: Lady Eagles snatch win no. 5
Mark Escarlote on Mar 13, 2019 04:07 PM
Ateneo de Manila University won its fifth straight game to keep a tight hold of the lead.
League-leading Ateneo de Manila University recovered from a second set hiccup to stretch its winning run to five straight after running over Adamson University, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
Veteran middle blocker Bea De Leon played her best game yet in her final season with the blue and white as she powered the Lady Eagles to a 5-1 win-loss slate.
De Leon finished with 14 points off six attacks, four aces and four kill blocks while Ponggay Gaston had 16 markers built on 10 spikes and six aces for Ateneo, which punished the Lady Falcons with 15 service winners.
Kat Tolentino continued to provide consistent production for Ateneo while Deanna Wong got her groove early to orchestrate the fluid offense of the Lady Eagles. Tolentino had 15 markers off 10 kills, four kill blocks and an ace while Wong tallied 29 excellent sets, 18 digs and four markers for Ateneo.
“Well, my players really prepared in this game. We don't want to be out of focus coming into the game. Sobrang kaunti lang ng pahinga nmain, so we really had to work hard right away and set our goals and mindset right away,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro.
After yielding the second set, Ateneo regrouped in time to extinguish the fight from the Lady Falcons, who slid to their second straight defeat.
The Lady Eagles went down, 0-4, to open the match before unleashing a 17-1 counterattack to stun the Lady Falcons. Adamson got a reprieve from Ateneo when Maddie Madayag committed a net touch only to see the Lady Eagles resume their scoring barrage with a closing 8-2 spurt capped by Ponggay Gaston’s back-to-back hits to take the opening frame.
The Lady Falcons threw away 11 errors in the first set and made only four points with the other four coming off Ateneo’s miscues.
Adamson slid to 1-5 card tied with University of the East.
Eli Soyud was the only Lady Falcon in double figures with 13 points while Chiara Permentilla and Joy Dacoron scored nine each for Adamson, which committed 35 errors.
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