ATENEO snapped its three-game losing skid with a 25-20, 25-21, 27-25 victory over National University on Sunday in the 75th UAAP season women's volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles ended their woes with the straight-set victory, but not before getting a scare in the third set when NU came up with four consecutive points to tie the match, 24-24. But after an exchange of service errors, Fille Cainglet attacked and Gretchen Ho turned back Myla Pablo as Ateneo sealed the win.
After an error-filled first set, the Lady Bulldogs came charging in the second set and silenced the Lady Eagles with an eight-to-nothing run to grab the upper hand, 11-5.
But the Katipunan-based spikers retaliated with an 11-1 spurt, banking on NU's five errors, to snatch the lead, 16-12, then held on to take the set.
"Hindi ko alam ano nangyayari sa mga bata," said Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb, referring to the team's sub-par performance in the past three games. "Sa ensayo naman maayos pagdating sa laro hindi (maayos). Meron lang ako ginawa siguro na tumama sa konsensiya nila, sa dibib nila."
"Puro psychological yan eh, lamang na kalaban ng ilan 11-6 pero nakalamang pa kami," said Gorayeb.
Dzi Gervacio came away with 13 points from nine spikes and four service aces, while Alyssa Valdez added 10 from eight spikes and two blocks for Ateneo, which remained in second spot with a 7-3
"Maganda na yon ibig sabihin confident na kami. We learned our lesson, they learn their lesson the hard way, sabi nga nila you can't put a good team down. Basta di na ako nag-aasam ng No. 1, yung No. 2 spot na lang pinangangalagaan ko," he said.
The Lady Eagles capiltalized on the Lady Bulldogs' 36 team errors, including 15 service errors.
Dindin Santiago finished with 14 markers on 12 attacks and two blocks, while Aiko Urdas chipped in 13, from 10 attacks, one block and two service aces for NU, which dropped to sixth spot with a 5-5 win-loss card.
Earlier, Adamson defeated University of the East, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17, for its fourth straight win.
"Malaki ang panalong ito sa amin kasi ngayon dikit-dikit na ang standings," said Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses.
Pau Soriano led the Lady Falcons with 19 points from 17 spikes and two service aces, while Shiela Marie Pineda registered 19 markers from 12 spikes, one block and six service aces. Adamson remained in third spot with a 6-3 win-loss card.
"Si (Pau) Soriano nagpakita ng leadership niya as veteran ginampanan niya talaga ang role niya," said Meneses of senior player and team captain Soriano.
Sarina Bulan had seven markers for the Lady Warriors, who absorbed their ninth loss in as many outings.