ALYSSA Valdez came up with the usual big numbers, powering Ateneo to a quick straight-sets win over University of the Philippines and into second spot in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles came up with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 win, with the third year spiker pouring in 24 points from 20 hits, one block and three service aces.
Ateneo improved its win-loss record to 4-1, behind only La Salle which is unbeaten in four outings.
Still, Ateneo assistant coach Parley Tupaz was dissatisfied with the match that he felt could have ended quicker.
"Sumabay kami sa laro ng UP, hindi namin laro 'yon," said Tupaz, noting that Ateneo seemed to lack the energy and was drawn into UP’s slow deliberate play.
"Masyado silang (Ateneo) nagrelax."
Amy Ahomiro and Ana Gopico added 14 and 10 markers each for the Katipunan-based squad.
Ateneo, however, gave 27 points to UP courtesy of its errors.
"Marami kaming service errors at sa spikers mga not over (na bola)," sais Tupaz.
Katherine Bersola made 12 points for the Lady Maroons, who reamined unfortunate after five games.