ATENEO kept its record clean as it beat University of Santo Tomas, 25-13, 25-16, 25-17, in the 75th UAAP women’s volleyball on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles took control of the game early and the Tigresses didn’t threaten until the final set when they managed to tie the game at 10-all.
But Ateneo was quick to recover and scored seven consecutive points, including three service aces from Dzi Gervacio, for a 21-12 lead en route to their third win in as many games.
Alyssa Valdez came up with 16 points for Ateneo, while Gervacio chipped in 13, including six service aces.
“We played as a team, not individual. Sana laging ganyan ang laro namin,” said Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. “Lahat para sa akin ay best player.”
Meanwhile, no UST player finished in double figures, with Judy Ann Caballejo emerging the leading scorer with just eight points. UST sits in seventh spot with a 1-2 win-loss card.
Earlier, National University dominated University of the East, 25-13, 22-15, 25-14, 15-18.
Myla Pablo led all scorers with 22 markers on 16 attacks and six service aces, while Dindin Santiago and Maricar Nepomuceno contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively.
NU holds a 2-1 win-loss record at second spot.
“Maganda ang naging resulta although yung evaluation ko it’s a little bad kasi hindi gumagalaw ng tama ang mga bata,” said NU mentor Francis Vicente.
“Maaaring overconfident kasi they won against UST so nag-level up yung mind nila. Yun ang pinangangambahan namin kasi first time na nanalo against a powerhouse team.”
Sarina Bulan made 11 markers for UE, which is winless in three games.
In the men’s division, Ateneo defeated University of the Philippines, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.
Ysrael Wilson Marasigan finished with 20 markers, with 12 points on attacks, four block points and four service aces, to lead Ateneo to its first win of the season. The Blue Eagles sit in the seventh place
with a 1-2 record.
Jeffrey Lansangan produced seven points for UP, which is tied for sixth place with Ateneo and Adamson University at 1-2.
UST downed Adamson to claim solo second with a 2-2 card.
Salvador Depante had 17 points for the España-based squad, while Mark Gil Alfafara and Romnick Rico added 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
Ron Jay Galang made 15 points, 12 on attacks and three service aces, for Adamson.