Birthday girl Maddie Madayag shrugs off failed bid for double celebration after Ateneo defeat
Maddie Madayag finished with four points for Ateneo, which fell to 1-1 after losing to NU. Jaime Campos

IT wasn’t the post-birthday present that she wanted but Ateneo middle blocker Maddie Madayag settled for the learning experience the Lady Eagles went through in a tough loss to National University in the UAAP Season 97 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The returning Lady Eagle, who was sidelined due to an ACL injury last year, celebrated her 19th birthday on Tuesday but her bid for a double celebration fell short after Ateneo bowed to NU, 17-25, 13-25, 25-19, 29-27.

“Okay lang naman it’s just the first round. ‘Yun nga lang we thought we're gonna play better than we did today,” said Madayag.

The Ateneo stalwart said that they were aware of their shortcomings but the loss was a learning experience for them.

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Madayag also added that there’s no use to point fingers to anyone in their team, instead they should just move on and prepare for their next assignment.

“Siguro hindi kami ganon ka-focus and kulang sa receive but we're working on it. Siguro kailangan nalang namin mag-concentrate,” she said.

“Pinagusapan naman namin na after ng game, we don't mind na lang what happened,” she added. “Kasi tapos na eh, we can’t do anything about it. What were gonna do is to focus on the next game.” 

Madayag finished with four points for Ateneo, which evened its card 1-1, tied with Far Eastern University, their next opponent on Sunday. 

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