Lady Eagles bow to Indonesia in AUG opener
Mark Escarlote on Jul 11, 2016 01:09 PM
The Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles suffered a four-set setback at the hands of Indonesia.
What started to be a promising opening match turned sour for Team UAAP-Philippines as the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles dropped a painful four-set loss to Indonesia, 25-21, 17-25, 14-25, 22-25, Monday in women’s volleyball of the 18th ASEAN University Games in Singapore.
Behind three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, the Lady Eagles controlled the opening set of the match held at the National University of Singapore Multi-Purpose Sports Hall 5, racing to an early 11-7 lead.
The 2014 edition silver medalist Indonesia kept it close, breathing down the necks of the Lady Eagles, 15-16, before Ateneo pushed their lead to 23-20.
Kim Gequillana scored on an off the block hit before Bea De Leon wrapped up the set with a powerful hit coming off a perfectly placed set by Jia Morado.
But the Indonesians proved to be a tough nut to crack, overhauling a 0-2 deficit with an 8-2 rally for an 8-4 lead. They blew it wide open 23-16 before tying the match at 1-1.
Taking advantage of Ateneo’s miserable floor defense, the Indonesians turned the third set into a rout.
The Lady Eagles tried to salvage the fourth set, keeping the game close. De Leon cut their deficit to 18-21. Indonesia was at match point, 24-20, when Ateneo tried to mount a desperate rally with Michelle Morente saving two match points but the returning Lady Eagle, who was cut off the UAAP Season 78 roster because of academic problems, threw the game away with a service error.
Two years ago in Palembang, Indonesia, Ateneo also lost its match against Indonesia in four sets before eventually ending up with the bronze medal.
Ateneo next collides with reigning champion Thailand on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. before crossing paths with the host team on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
The men’s volleyball team, represented by two-time UAAP champion Ateneo Blue Eagles, starts its quest against Thailand at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, before taking on Laos on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Singapore on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. before concluding its preliminary round stint against Indonesia at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
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