UAAP 81 Volleyball: Graduating BDL, Madayag far from finished

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 08, 2019 06:37 PM
UAAP 81: Graduating BDL, Madayag far from finished
Both Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag did not doubt that they would be playing in UAAP Season 81 just a little longer

Ateneo de Manila University’s six-year stretch of making the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Finals was stopped a year ago.

The Lady Eagles wasted no time in barging back into the championship round, disposing of Far Eastern University on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre to set up a showdown with University of Sto. Tomas for all the marbles in Season 81.

“It’s really nice to hear that Ateneo is back in the Finals,” Maddie Madayag beamed in the post-game conference following their four-set win.

Of course, after the fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws won last Saturday to force the knockout bout, the Katipunan volleybelles, all of a sudden, found themselves with their backs against the wall.

That meant that Madayag and fellow graduating players Bea De Leon and Kim Gequillana were headed towards what may have been their last game in the UAAP.

For the three of them, though, that wasn’t going to be the case. “‘Di namin sinali yun sa options,” Madayag resoundingly remarked.

De Leon could only agree. “We didn’t entertain the thought that (this) was our last (game),” she shared.

She then continued, “We knew and we trusted that this is for us talaga.”

Indeed, Ateneo was laser-focused in this one, avoiding unforced errors while also taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes.

Their Great Wall was also in full effect, dominating the blocks, 12-4.

For that full faith in themselves and in one another, head coach Oliver Almadro could only credit his leaders. As he put it, “Ibang-iba yung leadership nila. What I told them was just we have to be as one.”

He then continued, “Yun yung nag-push sa kanila siguro. Sabi nila, ‘No, ‘di pa rito matatapos yun, we have to extend this.’”

In the end, the Lady Eagles only proved to be women of their word.


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