Lady Eagles seize lead

March 10, 2019
Maddie Madayag
ATENEO’S Maddie Madayag soars over two University of the Philippines blockers during their UAAP match yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Photo courtesy of Tiebreaker Times

ATENEO overcame a tough University of the Philippines stand in the third set to carve out a 25-21, 25-15, 28-26 win and snatch the solo lead in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre last night.

Maddie Madayag had eight blocks to finish with 14 points, but it was setter Deanna Wong that delivered the match-clinching hit for the Lady Eagles.

After playing catch-up in the third set, UP grabbed the lead for the first time, 26-25, after Marian Buitre, taking over from an ineffective Tots Carlos, scored a service ace.

But the Lady Maroons simply couldn’t get the job done.

Ateneo now sits on top of the standings with a 4-1 slate.

Earlier, Far Eastern University moved in a three-way tie with University of Santo Tomas and defending champion La Salle in second at 4-2 but not after surviving a tough Adamson scare, 25-18, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-8.

UP crashed out of the top four range with a 3-2 record.

Kat Tolentino had 12 points and 14 digs while Ponggay Gaston contributed 10 hits and 10 receptions for the Lady Eagles, whose lone setback came from the hands of the Lady Spikers on opening weekend.

Despite her offensive struggles, Carlos still took the scoring mantle for the Lady Maroons with 10 points, while Aie Gannaban chipped in seven hits.

Heather Guino-o registered a personal season-high 20 points, including four blocks and three service aces to go with 13 digs and 10 receptions, rookie Lycha Ebon hammered down 15 attacks for 17 points while Ced Domingo had four blocks for a 14 point-showing for the Lady Tamaraws.

It was FEU’s third straight win, as it needed a telling 6-1 run to move at match point, 14-7. Rookie Trisha Genesis saved a match point before Domingo sealed the Lady Tamaraws’ win with a block.

“Sabi ko sa mga players ko, balik lang tayo. Kasi mahirap naman na magre-relax ng ganun-ganun lang,” said FEU coach George Pascua.

The Lady Falcons are now 1-1 under new coach Onyok Getigan and suffered their fourth loss in five contests.