Ateneo, TIP dispute last quarterfinal slot

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Ateneo’s Michelle Morente scoring a hit against National University’s Jaja Santiago (No. 3) and Aiko Urdas (No. 9) in their duel on Saturday. Morente hopes to dish out another solid game for the Lady Eagles in their knockout match with Technological Institute of the Philippines today. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ateneo’s Michelle Morente scoring a hit against National University’s Jaja Santiago (No. 3) and Aiko Urdas (No. 9) in their duel on Saturday. Morente hopes to dish out another solid game for the Lady Eagles in their knockout match with Technological Institute of the Philippines today. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ateneo de Manila University and Technological Institute of the Philippines dispute the last quarterfinals berth even as National University (NU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) kick off their semifinal drive as action in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference heats up at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

With Michelle Morente on the firing end, the Lady Eagles pulled the rug from under the defending champion Lady Bulldogs, 25-15, 27-25, 25-17, on Saturday to force a playoff with the Lady Engineers after the two teams finished the single round Group A eliminations at 2-2.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

“We gave it all our best because it was a do-or-die game,” said Morente, who took ever as team captain following the graduation of two-time league Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez.


“We hope to play the same way, perhaps better, in our playoff against TIP and get to the quarterfinals,” she added.

Playing minus Jhoanna Mara­guinot and Bea de Leon, Ateneo fell to TIP, 24-26, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 12-15, in their eliminations face-off on August 3.

The Lady Eagles will still miss Maraguinot, sidelined by a foot injury, but will have de Leon back in the fold and a re-energized Morente.

Still, the Lady Engineers will be out to prove their worth with guest players Mylene Paat and Relea Saet expected to step up their respective games and steer the team to the next round of the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.

Meanwhile, NU and UST, which finished with 3-1 and 2-2, respectively, after the group elims, collide at 4 p.m. with both teams raring to regain their winning ways after dropping their last matches.

In the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference, Perpetual Help tries to join defending titlist Ateneo in the best-of-three semifinals as it squares off with Far Eastern University at 12 noon.

The Altas currently lead Group A with a 3-0 card with a win over the Tams, toting a 2-1 mark, formalizing their stint in the semis alongside the Eagles, who are also unbeaten in Group B with a 4-0 record.

San Beda (1-2) and University of the Philippines (2-1) collide at 10 a.m.

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