TEAM Philippines, represented by Ateneo de Manila University, repeated over Malaysia, 25-11, 25-11, 25-16, to capture the women’s volleyball bronze medal in the 17th Asean University Games on Sunday in Palembang, Indonesia.
It was the country’s first international women’s volleyball medal since the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, as the Filipina spikers, composed of standouts from the Lady Eagles, ended their stint with three wins against two losses.
Alyssa Valdez once again led the charge for Team Philippines-University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) with 16 hits, while Ella de Jesus added 14 points.
Bea de Leon continue to sparkle even on international play, as the former Poveda standout scored two blocks to finish with nine points, while Michelle Morente also contributed nine markers.
The Filipina spikers needed only 61 minutes to dispose the Malaysians, whom they beat in four sets in the preliminaries.
As the region’s biggest competition for student athletes enters the halfway mark, Team UAAP-Philippines now has a 4-4-5 gold-silver-bronze medals in fifth place.
The Filipinos earlier got a 4-4-4 gold-silver-bronze medal tally in taekwondo to finish second behind Thailand.
Action in table tennis opened yesterday, as Team UAAP-Philippines wasted a 2-1 lead to bow to the Thailand, 2-3, in the women’s play, while the men’s team lost to Indonesia, 0-3.
The Thais are pulling away in the standings with 18 golds, seven silvers and seven bronze medals, followed by host Indonesia (14-21-8), Malaysia (8-8-10) and Laos (4-5-9).
Meanwhile, Ateneo seized the solo lead with a 1-0 victory over University of the Philippines, even as National University pulled off a stunning 3-1 win over defending champion Far Eastern University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament.
A penalty kick by Carlo Liay on the 28th minute was enough for the Blue Eagles to capture the top of the table with 10 points in the game held at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
Paolo Salenga scored a brace as the Bulldogs capitalized on the absence of the Tamaraws’ striker Nicolas Ferrer and defender Reymart Cubon to suspensions to bounce back from a 0-1 to the Fighting Maroons at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.