Ateneo spikers go for semis berth

November 02, 2018

ATENEO-Motolite tries to solidify its hold of the top spot as it tangles with Tacloban today in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

A victory in their 4 p.m. clash with the Fighting Warays will put the Lady Eagles closer to securing one of the four semifinals berths up for grabs.

Coming off a three-week hiatus, PetroGazz opens its second round campaign against a dangerous Iriga-Navy side in the day’s other game at 6 p.m.

Ateneo is still on high after dislodging Creamline for the lead in a classic five-setter, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, in Batangas City last week.

With a league-best 7-2 card, the Lady Eagles have seemed to embraced new coach Oliver Almadro’s system which will come handy for the UAAP wars early next year.

Kat Tolentino, the third-leading scorer with 146 points, has proven her worth as Ateneo’s main offensive weapon, while Maddie Madayag, the No. 2 in blocking department, has been rock-solid in defending the net.

Bea de Leon and Ponggay Gaston have showed their tremendous composure when the chips are down, as so are Lady Eagles’ setter Deanna Wong and libero Dani Ravena.

Tacloban is in joint fifth with Pocari Sweat-Air Force at 4-5, as they Fighting Warays need collect as many victories as it could to stay in the Final Four hunt.

In their first round meeting, Ateneo found Tacloban a tough nut to crack before pounding out a 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11 win last Oct. 17.

The Angels hope to improve their a 4-3 mark to stay within the top four range, as the Lady Oragons are mounting a challenge, winning their last two matches to improve to 3-7 heading to the homestretch of the double-round elims of the season-ending conference.