The Ateneo de Manila University further stretched its winning streak after defeating Adamson University, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Ateneo now enjoys the top spot with 5-0 win-loss record. Its victory over Adamson was its 23rd since the last season of UAAP.
Two-time most valuable player Alyssa Valdez led the charge for the Lady Eagles posting 23 points from 19 kills and four aces.
“Hindi naman sa nadalian kami, nag-click lang siguro ‘yung mga first ball namin at ‘yung defense namin that’s why,” said Valdez.
“Really, ang Adamson hindi sila bumibigay until the very end. Lumaban din naman talaga sila,” she added.
Besides Valdez, none of the Lady Eagles scored in double digits.
Amy Ahomiro contributed nine points while Madeleine Madayag and Jhoana Maraguinot each had eight and six markers, respectively.
Setter Jia Morada had 16 excellent sets that resulted in the Lady Eagles’ well-rounded play.
“Jia distributed the ball well. Iba ‘yung way of thinking ni Gia kaya mabubuhay ka talaga sa play ng setter,” said Valdez.
Meanwhile, the Lady Falcons absorbed its fourth consecutive loss this season.
Spiker Jessica Galanza led the Lady Falcons with 11 markers through her penetrating spikes; May Roque had nine kills on top of her 10 points while team captain Mylene Paat chipped in five points.
Adamson though had less unforced errors, 20, compare to the 24 of Ateneo.
Lady Falcons attempted to dominate the second set exploiting the Lady Eagles’ trouble in the service line and tied the game at 21-all. But the Katipunan-based squad foiled Adamson’s attempt and gave the Lady Falcons a 1-4 win-loss record.
In the men’s division, the National University (NU) easily defeated University of the East (UE), 25-14, 25-23, 25-21, to improve its record to 4-1 and lead the men’s series.
James Martin Natividad led NU with 14 points, 11 spikes and two aces.
Bryan Bagunas posted 14 points from his 12 spikes, while Madzlan Gampong and Francis Philip Saura posted 11 and seven points, respectively.
Setter Vincent Mangulabnan had 23 sets while team captain Edward Camposano posted 15 points via 11 spikes and four blocks for UE that is yet to register a victory (0-5).
In the second game, Far Eastern University (FEU) outlasted University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 24-26, 31-29, 25-21, to notch its third win.
Jude Garcia finished with 16 points, Dolor Gregorio had 15 markers while John Paul Bugaoan and Richard Solis each had 10 points for FEU.
FEU is currently No.4 with two losses while UST is No.7 with a 1-4 win loss record.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID