UAAP: Ateneo wastes no time in rebuilding its great wall of blocks
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 24, 2019 06:51 PM
Ateneo bounced back big time at the expense of Adamson
Ateneo de Manila University's mighty rebound at the expense of Adamson University, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre was punctuated by a block.
Kat Tolentino resoundingly rejected Trisha Genesis, finishing up the Lady Eagles' sweep of the Lady Falcons.
That was nothing but a welcome development for the league leaders who were shut down, especially in terms of blocking, in their most recent game.
Two weeks ago, Ateneo was cut down to size by De La Salle University - its archrival, no less - and tallied no block points in a straight sets loss.
This, after averaging 2.62 kill blocks per set - yes, per set - in the 10 games prior.
It's no surprise then that the Lady Eagles' bounce back win came just as they bounced back in terms of blocking.
This time around, they registered 11 block points with Tolentino and Maddie Madayag accounting for five and three, respectively.
Still, they made it clear that their zero-block showing was never on their minds. "Tapos na yung game (na yun). We don't dwell on the past," Madayag said.
Head coach Oliver Almadro could only agree. As he put it, "We always move forward."
Nonetheless, the fact that Katipunan's great wall of blocks was here once more is only a good sign as they wrap up their elimination round assignments. "It just goes to show that we have to be able to adjust when things don't go our way. Today was a good test for us," Tolentino said.
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