UAAP Season 82: No time to relax for fired up Lady Eagles
Mark Escarlote on Mar 04, 2020 08:37 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Even after a dominating win to set their title defense in motion, Ateneo de Manila University feels that it is still far from the same form that won the Lady Eagles the throne last year.
Graduating hitter Kat Tolentino points out that the Lady Eagles can’t afford to relax with just a step in their long journey to remain seated on the throne.
“It was a good first win. There’s still a lot that needs to be fixed. It’s just the start of the season. It doesn’t mean anything for us,” said Tolentino on Wednesday following Ateneo’s 25-13, 25-17, 25-23, drubbing of University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Eagles buckled down to business and showed how serious they are in keeping the title perched in their campus in Katipunan, crushing the Fighting Maroons in one hour and 31 minutes.
But the battle is far from over.
“We’re still trying to defend the crown and like what coach (Oliver Almadro) said ‘Just because you won last year, doesn’t mean that it’s the same as this year.’ So we’re gonna continue working hard,’” said Tolentino.
Despite losing key players in now graduate Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag after their title conquest last season, the Lady Eagles showed that they remained to be a deep team proven by their balance scoring.
“Sabi nga kanina this game is all about teamwork and I think na, yes, we have a lot to improve on but I’m grateful na whatever we planned on and worked on, it worked. Kasi we worked as a team,” said rookie Faith Nisperos.
Tolentino had plenty of help with Nisperos and Jules Samonte, who slid back to middle, chipping in 10 points each while Ponggay Gaston and returning Jho Maraguinot combining for 10 markers.
The win will serve as a morale-booster for Ateneo as they prime up for a bigger battle ahead when the Lady Eagles take on archrival De La Salle University on Saturday.
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