ATENEO managed to pull off a straight-sets win despite a sloppy, error-strewn performance, preserving its unblemished slate with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 victory over hard-luck Far Eastern University on Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Atrena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles scored their 11th victory in as many matches and tightened their grip on top spot in the standings, although the final score belies their dismal start.
Fine hitting by Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws spikers at the start of the first two sets caused some anxious moments for Ateneo, which looked out of sorts as reigning MVP Alyssa Valdez struggled to hit the mark.
The Lady Tamaraws led by as many as five in the opening set and four in the second. But the Lady Eagles managed to claw their way back each time despite committing 10 errors in the first and 11 in the second.
Valdez still finished with 23 points on 21 attacks and two from the service line.
“It’s really a challenge for us (to continue the winning run),” said Valdez, the Lady Eagles skipper. “Kasi like last year see-saw battle talaga eh hindi mo alam ano ang mangyayari.”
Ateneo played without rookie middle blocker Bea de Leon, out for three weeks due to an injured right index finger sustained during practice on Monday night.
Madie Madayag, another rookie, started in place of De Leon and scored four points.
Bernadeth Pons scored 13 for FEU, which dropped to the seventh place with a 4-7 win-loss card.