With its high hitter returning to type, Ateneo took care of enterprise with a powerful 25-22, 25-10, 16-25, 26-24 conquer Far Eastern U on Sunday to guide a sixth straight finals look reverse fierce rival La Salle within the UAAP Season 79 ladies’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Jho Maraguinot, sidelined within the final two video games of the elimination spherical because of a knee damage, obtained Ateneo going within the first two units and completed with 14 hits, whereas Bea De Leon, Michelle Morente and Jia Morado sustained their stable play for the top-seeded Lady Eagles.
Just just like the Lady Spikers, who wanted 4 units to get rid of 15-time winner University of Santo Tomas Tigresses on Saturday, the Lady Eagles additionally had their share of struggles in placing away the Lady Tamaraws.
“We’re just happy to be back in the finals because not a lot of people expected this,” stated Morado.
The Lady Eagles, Seasons 76 and 77 champions over their archrivals, had been uncharacteristically sloppy within the third set and almost misplaced steam after taking an early lead within the fourth, the place the Lady Tamaraws rallied from Four-10 down to achieve set level at 24-23 on Jeanete Villareal’s hit.
But Anna Gopico saved the FEU set level and Heather Guino-o dedicated an error, earlier than Morente wrapped up the win with a kill off the block.
It was solely becoming that Morente completed off the match for the Lady Eagles as she sat out final season to concentrate on teachers. She had 16 factors, on high of 15 digs, whereas De Leon added 12, together with three blocks.
With famous person Alyssa Valdez graduating after its finals loss to La Salle final 12 months, there have been doubts if Ateneo might retain its lofty standing within the league, with FEU, National U, University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas retaining its core from final season.
But the Lady Eagles grew from strength-to-strength because the season wore on, arising with one gutsy efficiency after one other, together with a sweep of their two elimination spherical video games in opposition to the Lady Spikers.
FEU nursed hopes of an upset after pushing Ateneo to the restrict of their two elimination-round conferences.
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