Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University stayed unbeaten in four games by crushing a rookie-laden University of the Philippines (UP) squad, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21, on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball at The Arena in San Juan City.
Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez delivered 12 kills plus a service ace on her 13 points, while Isabelle Beatriz De Leon added nine kills and three blocks to finish also with 13 points to lead the reigning champion Lady Blue Eagles. Diana Mae Carlos led UP with 16 points on 13 kills and three blocks.
The Lady Fighting Maroons dropped to 1-2 win-loss record.
Earlier, National University (NU) showed its superior form over University of the East (UE), posting a straight set 25-12, 25-13, 25-16 victory.
It was the Lady Bulldogs’ three consecutive wins, good enough to tie De La Salle University in the second and third spot with a similar 3-1 win-loss record.
The Lady Warriors, on the other hand, suffered their third straight defeat to tie winless University of Santo Tomas in the bottom. Towering Jaja Santiago scored 11 points including nine kills, while skipper Myla Pablo added nine points to lead NU.
In the men’s division, Ateneo relied on Marck Espejo’s strong showing to beat De La Salle University, while Adamson University banked on a well-balanced performance to outsmart Far Eastern University (FEU).
The reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Espejo scored 35 points, including 30 kills plus four blocks to power the Blue Eagles’ 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10 fifth set victory over the Green Archers that avoided them a back-to-back defeat.
Ysay Marasigan posted 11 points, while Karl Baysa and Rex Intal merged for 14 points also for the Blue Eagles.
La Salle team captain Raymark Woo had 24 points including 21 kills to lead La Salle, which dropped to a 1-2 win-loss record.
Adamson, meanwhile, posted a 30-28 22-25 25-18 25-19 win over FEU to book a third straight victory that tied Ateneo on top of the team standings with identical 3-1 win-loss record.
Dave Pletado piled up 16 points including 14 on attacks, while Bryan Saraza made 16 points plus 12 kills and three blocks.
Skipper Michael Sudaria added 11 for Adamson
FEU fell to a 2-2 win-loss record.