Ateneo Lady Eagles prove too strong for Adamson in UAAP battle of leader vs tailender
The Ateneo Lady Eagles take the provisional lead as the La Salle Lady Spikers have a game in hand. Dante Peralta

ATENEO proved too much for Adamson in a match between a semis-bound squad and an also-ran team, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Eagles provisionally moved ahead in the race to the top seeding with a 10-2 win-loss record, half a game ahead of the La Salle Lady Spikers who are at 9-2 but have a game in hand.

Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses gave all the Lady Eagles some playing time in the one-hour, six-minute match, with Kim Gequillana leading the attack with 11 points from seven kills and four aces.

So lopsided was the match that the Lady Eagles had almost thrice as many attacks as the Lady Falcons, 35-12, and had 10 service aces against one by Adamson.

The Lady Eagles hardly missed head coach Tai Bundit, who wasn't around during the game since he was given a pass to attend to a personal business in Thailand.

On the other hand, the Lady Falcons star player Jema Galanza sat out due to illness.

“Importante ‘yun ipasok ang second stringers kasi sa mga crucial game katulad last time sa NU, para magkaroon din sila ng kumpyansa pag pinasok sila sa mga crucial,” said Meneses.

“‘Yung mga reserve namin, nage-ensayo din sila ng mabuti, so siguro sa mga next game, magamit sila kasi napakahab ng liga talaga kaya kailangan mo ng reserve player,” he added.

Ateneo bounced back from a five-set loss to National University and secured at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

“Kailangan manalo sa UE, 'yun ang pinaka-magaan na pagkakataon para makapasok sa twice-to-beat kasi after noon, La Salle na. ‘Yung tsansa sa UE i-grab dapat,” said Meneses.

Joy Dacoron scored eight for Adamson, which is winless in 12 outings.

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