THE starters had a good workout and the reserves got some much needed exposure as Ateneo made short work of University of the East, 25-12, 25-10, 25-10, on Wednesday for its sixth win in as many matches in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Jhoana Maraguinot scored 12 and skipper Alyssa Valdez had 10 points as the Lady Eagles needed only 58 minutes to extend their win run to 24 matches. Ateneo is unbeaten since the Season 76 finals.
The quick win was also a big boost for Ateneo ahead of the much anticipated showdown with top rival La Salle on Saturday.
“Everyone played well today, everyone contributed not only ‘yung nasa first six but coach Tai (Bundit) used ‘yung nasa second stringers,” said Valdez, noting that 10 players were able to score.
Bea de Leon scored eight, Maddie Madayag had seven points, Jia Morado chipped in with six, Kim Gequillana had four points, while Amy Ahomiro, Jenelle Lo, Pauline and Therese Gaston also scored.
“Every game sino ba namang coach ang sasabihin sayo na to take your opponent lightly, wala naman coach o player ang papasok sa isang game not thinking of the goal of the team,” she added.
Ateneo limited the entire UE squad to just eight attacks. The Lady Warriors absorbed their sixth loss of the season and 51st overall.
“I hope masaya siya (coach) kasi napaglaro niya ‘yung mga bata to build up confidence also for the team and it’s really a learning experience for everyone,” she said.
“Kasi hindi lang din naman kami ang naglaro, pati ang mga bata, so it’s a learning experience for us kasi kailangan namin ng experience pa sa upcoming games pa, which is sa Saturday,” she added.