ALYSSA Valdez starred for Ateneo as the defending champions turned back debuting San Sebastian, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-18, in the Shakey's V-League Season 10 First Conference at the Arena in San Juan on Thursday.
Valdez had another all-around performance of 25 points, 19 attacks, two blocks and four service aces for the unbeaten Lady Eagles, who yielded the opening set against the Lady Stags.
"Salamat nanalo kami," said Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. "Wala naman yun eh (first set loss). Ke natalo ka sa first set o second set ang importante manalo ka doon sa game."
After the first set loss, the Lady Eagles regrouped and completed a sweep of the next three sets behind the heroics of Valdez.
The Ateneo stalwart presided over a 5-0 run by the reigning champions, including back-to-back service aces that put the Lady Eagles ahead 8-2 in the second set.
There was no turning back for the Lady Eagles from there as they notched their second win in as many games, seizing the early lead in Group A.
Jeng Bualee finished with 20 markers for San Sebastian, while team captain and guest player Suzanne Roces and Jolina Labiano had 11 and 10, respectively.
The loss sent the Lady Stags in a tie with University of Santo Tomas and Letran at 0-1 in the same group.