Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University overpowered University of the East (UE), 25-12, 25-10, 25-10, to remain unbeaten in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Jhoana Maraguinot delivered 12 points and reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez chipped in 10 markers as the Lady Eagles cruised to their sixth straight win.
Ateneo had seven aces and six blocks and playmaker Jia Morado orchestrated 27 excellent sets
The Lady Warriors could only produced eight attacks, one block and one ace with Judith Abil leading them by scoring just three points.
UE stays winless in six outings.
Ateneo guns for a first-round sweep when it faces archrival De La Salle University on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Earlier, Adamson University posted a 21-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-10 come-from-behind win over Far Eastern University (FEU) to snap its four-game losing skid.
“We really had a slow start even in our previous games. But I just told them to keep fighting and play. It’s an important win for us. It gives us a chance [of making it to the Final Four],” said Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses.
The Lady Falcons are back on track with a 2-4 mark.
Rookie May Roque led Adamson with 23 points built on 19 attacks, three aces and a block with Jessica Galanza contributing 16 points and skipper Mylene Paat adding 12 markers.
The Lady Tamaraws fell to 3-3 despite the 25-point effort of Bernadeth Pons and 20-point production of Toni Basas.
In the men’s division, reigning titlist Ateneo and Adamson posted contrasting victories to share the top spot with the identical 5-1 marks.
The Blue Eagles needed just 62 minutes to beat a rookie-laden University of the East (UE) side, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14, with back-to-back MVP Marck Espejo scoring 10 hits, a couple of blocks and an ace.
Rex Intal and Ron Medalla contributed nine points each.
The Soaring Falcons, on the other hand, survived the brave stand of University of the Philippines before posting a thrilling 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13 win.
Four members of Adamson finished in double digits including Jerome Sarmiento and Bryan Saraza, who scored 19 and 18, respectively.
The Fighting Maroons suffered their third loss against three wins while the Red Warriors absorbed their sixth straight defeat.
EMIL C. NOGUERA