UAAP Season 81: Lady Eagles secure at least a semis seat playoff

Mark Escarlote on Apr 03, 2019 06:27 PM
Lady Eagles secure at least a semis seat playoff
Ateneo de Manila University secured at least a playoff for a semis berth with its ninth straight win.

There’s no stopping Ateneo de Manila University.

Pouncing on Far Eastern University’s sluggish and error-riddled game, the Lady Eagles made short work of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-21, 25-10, 25-18, Wednesday to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Ateneo extended its winning streak to nine straight for a 9-1 win-loss record at the top spot and duplicated its first round conquest of the last year’s runner-up.

Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino scored 11 points each and combined for 18 of the Lady Eagles' 35 attack points. Gaston added 10 excellent receptions while Deanna Wong tallied 30 excellent sets with four markers and 12 digs for Ateneo.      

“Yun lang naman. I'm happy that the players responded to the challenge. We know naman na FEU will give us a challenge so sabi namin sa team, expect na FEU will give a great fight kasi may instinct sa kanila na fighter dahil sa winning tradition nila. We really have to level up our intensity and energy. Ni-level up naman nila,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who can steer the squad to its 10th straight Final Four stint with a win over National University on Sunday.

The Lady Eagles had a dominating game especially in the second set when they buried the Lady Tamaraws, 20-6, coming off a service winner.

FEU showed some signs of life in the third, taking a 10-6 lead only to see Ateneo overtake them, 12-10. The Lady Eagles pulled away, 23-18, on a Ponggay Gaston kill. Heather Guino-o committed an error in the next play before Bea De Leon scored a kill block on Jerrili Malabanan to finish off FEU.

The Lady Tams slid to 6-4 slate tied with University of the Philippines and University of Sto. Tomas at third to fifth.

Malabanan finished with eight points while Guino-o scored seven for FEU, which virtually handed Ateneo the win with 27 errors.



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