ATENEO middle blocker Amy Ahomiro said she feels great to be back to her natural position where she's proven to be more efficient.
The graduating Lady Eagle, who was converted to open spiker by Ateneo coach Tai Bundit this season, returned to the middle after sophomore middle blocker Maddie Madayag suffered a season-ending ACL injury on her right knee during team practice on Tuesday night.
Ahomiro was in high spirits as Ateneo simply pounded on University of Santo Tomas, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Philsports Arena.
The 23-year-old New Zealand national finished with 10 points, from five spikes, three blocks and the two game-winning service aces.
“I’m back in the middle, yeah like it just comes naturally to me [where] I don’t have to think so much, I just play,” she said. “With the other position naman, I had to worry about defense and being in the back row, which I think is one of the hardest parts of playing volleyball."
“So I’m just happy being back (at my natural position) and [have] this energy, that I can go out and like recharge and come back in,” Ahomiro added.
Back-to-back MVP and Ateneo skipper Alyssa Valdez couldn't agree more.
“Kiwi (Ahomiro) stepped up kahit recently lang siya nalipat sa middle,” said Valdez. “For the past ilang games din eh, marami na rin talaga na si Maddie ang ginagamit ni coach (sa middle). Pero once in a while ginagamit din talaga ni coach si Kiwi as the middle blocker. And for the past two years under coach Tai, gitna talaga si Kiwi, so ok naman.”
Ahomiro also expressed hope that the whole team will step up following the loss of Madayag.
“I don’t know if it’s gonna be better off (me at the middle) but today we won, so hopefully all the games will be like that,” she said. “I think everyone naman played well, everyone played their position well. It’s always bad to lose someone to injury but we were able to play well naman. So hopefully, all of the games will be like that also.”
The Lady Eagles secured the first Final Four berth after it improved to a 9-2 win-loss record. Ateneo’s next assignments are Adamson, University of the East and archrival La Salle.