Lady Eagles secure at least a playoff for spot in UAAP women's volley semis with squeaker over Lady Falcons
Kat Tolentino and the Lady Eagles make it eight wins in 11 matches. Dante Peralta

ATENEO overcame Adamson University, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, on Sunday to secure at least a playoff for a spot in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Jhoana Maraguinot had 23 points, Kat Tolentino added 17, Jules Samonte chipped in 12 and Bea de Leon had 11 points for the Lady Eagles in the two-hours and 16-minute match.

Ateneo bagged their fourth straight win and improved to 8-3 at the No. 2 spot behind early semifinalist La Salle (9-2).

“It’s a major boost for our confidence but as I always say, we can never be complacent,” said Ateneo team captain Maddie Madayag.

The Lady Eagles erased a seven-point deficit, 15-22, in the fourth set to extend the match and started 6-1 in the fifth. Adamson tied it at 11 before De Leon sparked a 4-1 spurt as Ateneo sealed the win.

“We never gave up lang, that’s the thing, it really all boils down to character and what coach Tai always says, heart strong talaga ’yung nakapunta sa isip namin eh,” said Ateneo setter Deanna Wong, who registered 63 of the team’s 65 excellent sets.

“We trusted our teammates lang and we encouraged each other back, we said na no matter what happens just play our best and everything else will follow,” she added.

Skipper Jema Galanza scored 23 points for Adamson, while Mylene Paat added 17, Eli Soyud contributed 11 and Joy Dacoron had 10.

The Lady Falcons, coming off back-to-back victories, are still in fifth spot at 5-6.

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