UAAP Season 81: Lady Eagles seek to end first round with sixth straight win
Mark Escarlote on Mar 15, 2019 09:53 PM
Ateneo de Manila University sets its sights on winning their sixth straight game to end the first round on a high note.
League-leading Ateneo de Manila University marches back into action on Saturday wary of the bite of the young but gritty National University as the Lady Eagles gun to end the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament first round of eliminations on a winning note.
Ateneo puts its five-game winning streak and old of the solo lead on the line in its 2:00 p.m. clash with the Lady Bulldogs at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Marami silang magagaling na rookies, so we really have to prepare for it. Hindi pwedeng complacent ka sa ganyan. We've come this far, we should not let up,” said Lady Eagles coach Oliver Almadro of their opponents in the match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.
The Katipunan-based squad sits on top of the standings with a 5-1 win-loss record. The Lady Eagles are fresh from a four-set conquest of Adamson University on Wednesday behind veterans Kat Tolentino, Bea De Leon, Ponggay Gaston and Maddie Madayag.
Ateneo holds an advantage in terms of battle experience but should always keep its guard up against the rookie-laden Lady Bulldogs.
NU is coming off a morale-boosting five-set upset win over University of the Philippines on Wednesday to stop a three-game bleeding and improve to 2-4 mark.
“I will respect the five straight wins nila and then lahat kasi sa loob ng Ateneo, senior eh, so ‘yung isip namin pag nakatapak na kami doon, kailangan di kami… Hindi namin iniisip na rookie kami, mapapantayan namin ano ang ibibigay nila,” said Lady Bulldogs rookie libero Jennifer Nierva, who had 29 excellent receptions and played great floor defense against UP.
Aside from Nierva, NU will also pin its hopes on freshmen Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina and veterans Roselyn Doria and Audrey Paran.
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