Ateneo gets twice-to-beat edge, forces UST to the brink in women’s volley


MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo got the job done and pushed University of Santo Tomas to the brink of elimination 28-26, 25-15, 25-22 Sunday in the UAAP season 75 women’s volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Eagles, though, had to overcome a nine-point deficit in the third set and needed to hold the Tigresses spell bound before clinching the other twice-to-beat edge in the final four.

After hitting a snag early in the second round, the Lady Eagles still finished number two behind La Salle with a 10-4 record in the eliminations.

The Tigresses, meanwhile, still have to battle National University anew to secure the last berth in the semifinals as they have a tied 8-6 card.

Alyssa Valdez dropped 23 big points while the rest of the Ateneo side had single digit outputs.

Head coach Roger Gorayeb, though, is convinced his squad needs to constantly improve and adjust in every in-game situation.

After a dominating second set, Ateneo saw a sudden drop in its reception and energy allowing UST to take a 6-15 lead.

“Paiba iba yung butas sa laro ,volleyball eh. Madami pa kaming dapat gawin  —  katulad nito, minsan maganda receive tapos bigla sumama nung third set.”

Ateneo went on a 15-5 run to seize the lead anew 21-20 and never relinquished the lead from there.

Only Judy Caballejo came alive on the attack for UST and doled out 14 points while Maika Ortiz, Carmela Tunay and Maru Banaticla were all held to lower nine points.

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  • INQ_reader

    Volleyball has gone very far from Shakey’s V-League that I have been watching since 7 years ago. Before, admission was free and they had it only at Ateneo gym. And, the fans were only allowed to seat on one side of the gym so that when the cameras will point to them, it will look like the venue is filled up.

    The problem now is how to control the hordes of fans. Well, it’s a better problem to solve.

  • seraq

    youll need more than luck (maybe 2x) against the falcons and if you prevail against (maybe) the mighty archers, but goodluck to you at the games hope youll do your best and provide the fans with great volleyball games

    • INQ_reader

       You need more than luck to improve your English.

      • tilney

        Are you really good in English!! You are a lousy blogger! You are not entitled to criticize/censure somebody on his grammar.

      • ada69

        tama si tilney. 

      • INQ_reader

        I don’t know if I’m good in English. I do know that questions should end with a question mark, not “!!”

  • pinoysadubai

    Nice game Ateneo…and thanks for keeping NU hopes alive! :)

  • Marshall

    Ang galing talaga ni Alyssa Valdez,Fille Cainglet,Denden Lazaro ,,AT ANG FAVORITE KO ANG NAPAKAGANDANG SI GRETCHEN HO…

    • Edwin Lopez

      I agree with your choice of Ateneo players…I would like to add Tejada and Tajima

    • INQ_reader

       Yari ka, nandoon si Robi, at bantay sarado ng Dad nya…hehe.

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