Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University blasted Far Eastern University (FEU), 25-22, 25-19, 25-15, to remain unbeaten in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Lady Eagles needed only three sets in smashing the Lady Tamaraws to notch their third straight win.
FEU’s win-loss record fell to 1-2.
Team captain Alyssa Valdez led the Lady Eagles with 15 points, one block and eight digs.
“Volleyball ‘yan hindi maiiwasan na lalapit at hahabol ‘yung kalaban. It’s our first time na maglaro dito ngayon sa Arena this season. So medyo nag-aadjust din naman,” said Valdez after the game.
“As a new team, consistency talaga ‘yung kailangan naming i-focus at maturity ng team. Makikita every set siguro na, syempre may weaknesses kami at pagkukulang pa kami as a team,” she added.
Madeleine Madayag finished with 11 points including four aces while Jhoana Maraguinot and Bea De Leon contributed 10 and nine points, respectively.
Ateneo’s Julia Morado had 38 excellent sets compared to 13 of Gyzelle Sy of FEU.
“I’m really happy. We’re really happy for Jaime Lavitoria. She’s really hardworking ever since. Since her first year in Ateneo, she’s a setter turn into libero, same as Gizelle Tan. They’re really accepting the role, the challenge to help the team and they’re really doing a great job,” said Valdez.
Toni Rose Basas had 12 points including six aces and one block while Jerrili Malabanan contributed 10 for the Tamaraws.
Team captain Remy Joy Palma was limited to just six points on five kills and one block.
In the men’s division, reigning champion Ateneo lost to Adamson University, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-13 – its first defeat of the season.
Playing on his third year for the Soaring Falcons, Dave Pletado scored 17 on 12 kills and five blocks to lead Adamson to a 2-1 mark.
Open hitter Bryan Saraza posted 12 points with 10 kills while team captain Michael Sudaria and Karlie Ramirez got 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo unleashed 25 kills out of his 27 points and 11 digs while team captain Ysrael Marasigan scored 16 points with 12 kills, two blocks and two aces for Ateneo.
Setter Esmilzo Polvorosa fired off 50 excellent sets.
In the other men’s game, FEU needed only three sets to finish University of the East, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21.
FEU improved its win-loss record to 2-1 while UE’s dropped to 0-3.
Outside hitter Joshua Barrica scored 10 with seven kills and two blocks while Jude Garcia and Gregorio Dolor finished with 18 markers combined.
FEU has more error compared to UE, 30-25.