Ateneo spiker dazzles

March 25, 2019

Maddie Madayag broke an 11-year-old UAAP record last Wednesday, and in the process, she helped ensure that the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ winning streak in Season 81 will continue for a seventh consecutive game.

The veteran middle blocker scored a career-best 23 points — 11 of which came on blocks — as the Lady Eagles recovered from a two-set deficit to take down University of Santo Tomas in a five-set thriller, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11.

Madayag made life difficult for UST’s spikers, particularly for Dimdim Pacres. She tallied her record-breaking 11th block in the fourth set, by rejecting Sisi Rondina; Madayag then stepped up on offense in the deciding fifth frame as she put the Lady Eagles ahead for good, 11-10, with her trademark running attack.

Her superb performance earned Madayag the Chooks To Go-Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week, making her the third Lady Eagle to receive the distinction after Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon.

“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” Madayag said after being informed that she had broken the record formerly held by La Salle’s Celine Hernandez, who had 9 blocks against Adamson University in Season 70.

“I just played my game, and contributed whatever I can for the team, and I just gave it my all,” added the middle blocker.

Thanks in part to Madayag’s efforts, the Lady Eagles are now at 7-1 in the women’s volleyball tournament, putting them at the top of the league standings.

They will look to keep their hold of the top spot when they take on University of the Philippines in round 2 of the Battle of Katipunan on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.