FAITH Nisperos made an impressive debut with Ateneo in a 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20 victory over Letran the PVL Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.
Nisperos, a transferee from Nazareth School of National University, scored19 points on 17 kills and two service aces in her first game as a Lady Eagle.
Vanie Gandler put up 15 points, firing seven of the team’s 13 service aces. The sophomore spiker also led the way in a 7-0 run that gave the Lady Eagles a 19-14 lead.
Coach Oliver Almadro praised the Lady Eagles for the recovery from the second-set loss.
“Second set is I don’t mind sabi ko naman sa mga players ko whatever it takes we really have to do it right. I’m proud naman na naging resilient sila sa ginagawa nila,” said Almadro. “It’s a learning process. I always teach my players to accept their mistakes for them to know what to correct kays pagdating ng third set fourth set they know what to correct already.”
Erika Raagas scored 11 and skipper Jules Samonte added eight markers.
Jaja Maraguinot dished out 24 excellent sets on top of seven points, while libero Dani Ravena had 23 digs and 10 excellent receptions.
Almadro is coaching a young squad as they begin life without Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon, who led the team to the UAAP Season 81 title. Ace setter Deanna Wong is not part of the line-up due to stress fracture on her shin, while Ponggay Gaston was under the weather and sat out the first match.
“You know naman hindi kompleto yung line-up namin so we really have to make a way, find a way with what we have,” Almadro said.
Graduating Lady Knight Charm Simborio put up 16 points laced with 16 digs and five excellent receptions, while Chamberlaine Cunada added 12 markers for Letran.