UAAP volleyball: Ateneo secures chance to fight for last Final Four spot
MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo bucked a first set debacle to turn back University of the Philippines, 19-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19, late Thursday to secure a playoff for the last Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Blue Eagles overcame a jittery start against the nothing-to-lose Fighting Maroons preserving their eighth victory in 14 matches.
“UP came prepared pa rin for today. Although they were out of contention, they played their hearts out. They are talented, they prepared well, they played well. They really challenged us,” Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro said.
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They tied the Adamson Lady Falcons, who earlier stunned La Salle, at fourth place. They will clash in sudden death on Saturday for the outright entry to the Final Four.
Faith Nisperos finished with 19 points on 16 attacks, two blocks, and an ace while AC Miner recorded a season-high eight blocks added 17 points for Ateneo.
The Fighting Maroons closed the season with a 5-9 card.