Ateneo de Manila University held off a rallying Southwestern University side in the third set to complete a 25-13, 25-18, 25-20 victory and zero in on a quarterfinal berth in Group A in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference on Sunday crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.
With top hitter Alyssa Valdez given a rest in the third set, Amy Ahomiro took over and fired 13 points while the rest foiled the Lady Cobras’ series of attacks with 29 excellent digs, putting the reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines champions in step with Adamson University at second at 2-1 behind Arellano University’s 3-0 card.
Coach Parley Tupas saw no need to use Valdez in the third after the Lady Eagles swept the first two sets in emphatic fashion with Ahomiro and the rest finishing off the Lady Cobras in one hour and four minutes.
Valdez wound up with seven points while Ahomiro, who alsoa had four blocks, drew solid backing from Miren Gequillana and Michelle Morente, who both delivered nine hits, Jhonna Maraginot, who had five, and Bea De Leon, who chipped in four points.
The loss was the third straight for the Lady Cobras after nipping the St. Louis Lady Navigators in five in the inaugurals two weeks ago, booting the Cebu champions out of the quarters race.