Last year’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University overpowered University of the East for its third straight win in UAAP women’s volleyball on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Skipper Alyssa Valdez fired 21 points on 13 spikes, five aces and three blocks to tow the Lady Eagles to 25-11, 25-15, 25-17 win. Rookie Ana Laureen Gopic and utility spiker Amy Ahomiro contributed nine points each and Aeriel Patnongon, four.
Shayna Adorador struggled with six points for the Lady Warriors, who absorbed their fourth straight loss. Team captain Sarina Bulan was limited to a single point while fellow starter Abegail Ponon had two.
In the men’s division, former champion University of Santo Tomas overcame De La Salle University, 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 17-25, 15-6, in a one-hour and four-minute match.
Veteran attacker Mark Gil Alfafara had a game-high 32 points while Romnick Rico added 20 points for the Growling Tigers.
Red Christiansen paced the Green Archers with 24 points.
Far Eastern University overcame a sluggish start to post a 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-10 win over UE.
Four FEU players were in double-figure including Karl Ian dela Calzada who scored 23 points. Gregorio Dolor got 19, Jeric Gacutan and Alexis Faytaren made 12 each, and Joshua Barrica added 11.
EMIL C. NOGUERA