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    Lady Eagle Jaja Maraguinot spreads wings while filling in for Deanna Wong

    Aug 17, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    ATENEO coach Oliver Almadro is delighted to see Jaja Maraguinot fill the void left by the injured Deanna Wong in the Lady Eagles' four-set win over Letran at the start of the the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 3 Collegiate Conference.

    With Wong still nursing a stress fracture on her right shin, Maraguinot dished out 24 excellent sets on top of seven points in the 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20 victory over Letran on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.

    “Deanna is still injured e. Meron siyang stress fracture. Shin. Of course, we have to be positive,” said Almadro on his ace setter, who sustained the injury after the Lady Eagles’ UAAP Season 81 title run.

    But the Ateneo coach insisted that the Lady Eagles are in good hands with the younger sister of former Ateneo spiker Jho Maraguinot

    “I commend Jaja for her hardwork and leadership inside the court,” he said. “Jaja is playing well naman. Jaja is doing good sa nawawalang posisyon. Nagagawa naman ni Jaja yung gusto ko.

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    "Konting adjustment lang naman kasi in terms of defense patterns,” Almadro added.

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    While happy with the progress of Maraguinot, Almadro is praying that Wong will recover before the start of Season 82 next year. Wong sustained the injury after the Lady Eagles’ run to the UAAP Season 81 title.

    “I guess she’ll make it in time,” he said. “Sana maging positive yung pag heal ng injury ni Deanna.”

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