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    Ateneo seniors Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag simply not ready to bid goodbye

    May 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    NEVER did it cross the minds of Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag that Ateneo's do-or-die game Far Eastern University will be their last.

    "Hindi namin sinali yun sa options," said Madayag.

    De Leon added: "We didn't entertain the thought that it was our last. We knew and trusted that this [game] is for us talaga."

    True enough, the Lady Eagles put the Lady Tamaraws away with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win on Wednesday, booking a return trip to the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball finals.

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    Defiant as they may seem, it's just the way these two seniors are wired.

    "Iba ang leadership nilang dalawa," said coach Oliver Almadro of his graduating players. "What I told them yesterday is that we just have to be one. Sayang na ilang months ko lang sila na-handle, pero yun ang nag-push sa kanila na hindi pa tayo matatapos dito. Sabi nila, 'No, di pa dito matatapos yun and we have to extend this.'"

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    They truly showed that hunger, with Madayag firing 12 points and De Leon adding nine markers in the sudden-death victory.

    The reward for extending their careers led to Ateneo's return to the Championship series, this time against University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three finals set on Saturday.

    And what better way for the duo to cap their collegiate careers with a championship.

    "Last year na rin namin, so it's nice to be here and be back in the finals," said Madayag. "Binigyan kami ng opportunity and we grabbed it."

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