THEIR backs against the wall, Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro relied on his veterans as they escaped Tacloban, 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11, in the Premier Volleyball League on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Down a set, 1-2, in the match, the outspoken mentor relied on Maddie Madayag, team captain Bea de Leon, and setter Deanna Wong and urged them to take charge for the team.
The Ateneo trio did not disappoint as Madayag scored 12 points, De Leon had 15 and Wong registered 25 of the team’s 35 excellent sets in the match that took two hours and five minutes to finish.
“Simple lang ang sinabi ko sa kanilang tatlo and I guess ‘yun ang nag-trigger sa kanila,” said Almadro.
“(Sabi ko sa kanila) ‘di pala kami pwedeng magpabandying-bandying, kung kailangan naming mag-block, mag-block kami,” he added.
The Motolite-backed Lady Eagles played their third consecutive five-setter match and, again, they showed grit and composure down the stretch.
“Kailangan namin ng mga ganitong klaseng games para lalo pang tumibay ang mental toughness namin and higit sa lahat makaadjust kami right away in situations,” said Almadro.
Ateneo-Motolite is on a roll with three straight wins as it improved to 5-1.