UAAP women’s volleyball: Ateneo keeps unblemished slate


MANILA, Philippines—Alyssa Valdez matched her career-best 30 points as Ateneo dispatched Adamson, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11, Sunday in the 75th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan city.

Valdez more than made amends for her errors with three straight service aces that gave the Lady Eagles the lead, 9-7, in the fifth set in a match where no team gave an inch.

Ateneo gave in a taut opening set that saw no team lead by more than three points, won the next two sets and again went back into its errant ways in the fourth set.

“We had so many errors this game,” said an obviously frustrated head coach Roger Gorayeb after the match. “That’s considering all we practiced was service.”

The Lady Eagles had 12 service errors but survived in the end against the gritty Lady Falcons as they turned to an exhausted Valdez, Fille Cainglet and Gretchen Ho to execute clutch plays.

“Whether it’s five or three sets, what matters is that we won. It’s all about the team effort,” added Gorayeb.

Cainglet had 15 points and 16 digs, Dzi Gervacio added 12 points, and libero Denden Lazaro had a game-high 18 digs as Ateneo goes 6-0.

Gretchen Ho, who was quiet in the early part of the match, came up with back-to-back blocks to complete the Lady Eagles’ comeback in the fifth set and seal the outcome.

Pau Soriano forefronted the Lady Falcons’ gallant stand with 21 points while Sheila Pineda and Mayette Zapanta drilled in 15 markers apiece.

Down 9-13 in the fifth set, Zapanta drilled in back-to-back hits, but that was the last the Lady Falcons—who had their two-game win streak snapped—would score.

Adamson opened the game determined to blemish Ateneo’s record, but after letting the close second set slip away, the Lady Falcons lost the fire in the third set.

They still managed to recover and forge a fifth set—but only to flounder toward the end of the fifth set for a 3-2 record.

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  • Bajongski Pancho

    DLSU Lady Spikers-“Tower Of Power” …

    – Reyes
    – Gumabao
    – Maraño

    beat that!

  • Anne Mercado

    im a solid ateneo fan but i agree with you guys… DLSU is still the team to beat but i do believe..ateneo will not give up that easily without their ONE BIG FIGHT!

  • Edward Valencia

    I agree. DLSU is still the team to beat in UAAP. Though UST has beaten them, it was some sort of a bad day for them. By the way, I’m a Thomasian. Hehe. I still root for UST, however, DLSU has this magical touch that other teams do not acquire.

    ADMU will be having a hard time against them. Valdez is not enough. She will be very much guarded by Gumabao among others.

    ADMU’s unblemished record will be ended by DLSU this coming weekend. I’m excited for that match-up.

  • Rolly Trinidad

    DLSU prioritizes DEFENSE! It has been their mantra since coach Ramil handled the team. Defense wins championships!OBF!

  • INQ_reader

    Watch out DLSU…you’re the next victim of ALE…hehe

    • William Hung Hang

      Ewan ko lang… DLSU Lady Archers Team is of different level than the other teams, including Ateneo, in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball. Don’t get me wrong. I’m an avid fan of the Lady Eagles, particularly Fille Cainglet, but I will be lying to myself if I will not recognize the Lady Archers’ strengths. Malalaman mo yan kung lagi kang nagsusubaybay sa UAAP, NCAA at Shakey’s V-League tournaments (although hindi na sumasali ang DLSU-Taft sa Shakey’s V-League). Ibang level talaga yung discipline nila offensively and defensively. Sa nakita kong game ng Lady Eagles vs Lady Falcons kanina, mukhang mahihirapan talaga silang manalo laban sa Lady Archers — unless pumutok ng sabay-sabay sina Fille, Valdez, Gervacio at yung stand-out rookie nila na si Tejada. 

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