Shorthanded Ateneo Lady Eagles get back on track, send Lyceum Lady Pirates crashing back to earth
Ateneo's Bea de Leon gets a clear shot as Lyceum defenders are slow to react. Kiev Iz Kresta

INJURY-riddled Ateneo got back on track and sent Lyceum crashing back to earth, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

Maddie Madayag played through a sprained ankle and finished with nine points for the Lady Eagles, who missed the services of top hitter Jhoana Maraguinot due to a left ankle sprain, Kim Gequilla due to left knee injury and Ana Gopico due to hamstring injury. 

Skipper Bea de Leon, Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte each had eight markers for Ateneo, while Kat Tolentino chipped in seven as Ateneo recovered from a four-set loss to Far Eastern University, improving to 2-1 in Group A.

The Lady Pirates, coming off a win over Jose Rizal University, dropped to 1-2.

“Definitely we’re happy about the win, it’s always good to win so very happy,” said De Leon back in action after missing the previous match to attend an out-of-town school activity.

“Very, very sad of course. As any player naman you’d rather be on court with your teammates to be with them, win or lose you’d be with them,” she added. 

The Lady Eagles trailed, 6-8, in the first set before taking control.

“I think we started out really slow, really, really poorly. The energy on the court on the second set was very slow but them we picked it up, in the third set it was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so ’yun lang,” said De Leon.

Ateneo had lesser attack points, 26-36, but had three times Lyceum’s service aces, 12-4.

Rocelyn Hongria had 12 points for Lyceum.

 

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