UAAP: Ateneo eyes win No. 5; UP tries to bounce back

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2019 05:42 AM

UAAP: Ateneo eyes win No. 5; UP tries to bounce back 1
The Ateneo Lady Eagles are looking to extend their winning streak to five games. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles look to extend their winning streak, while the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons look to get back on track when they take on separate opponents in the UAAP Season 81 tournament on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Ateneo won their fourth straight game last Sunday, stunning UP in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 28-26. The Lady Eagles zoomed to the top of the league standings with their 4-1 record.

They now aim for a fifth consecutive victory when they face off against Adamson University at 2 p.m.

The Lady Eagles have been relying on their superb net defense and attacking prowess to compensate for a below-average floor defense, with Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag shining in particular for the Katipunan spikers.

"Meron pa kaming ilalabas. We'll be better than our best," said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro after their win over UP. "Iyon ang lagi naming sinasabi pero kung iyon ang lagi mong iniisip, you’ll be better than your best and better than every game."

Adamson, for its part, enters with some momentum after dragging Far Eastern University (FEU) to five sets, also last Sunday.

Eli Soyud and Bern Flora will once again carry the load for the Lady Falcons, who enter with a 1-4 win-loss record.

Meanwhile, the Lady Maroons are hoping to bounce back after a subpar performance against the Lady Eagles, which saw them drop to 3-2 and into fifth place in the league standings.

UP got just a combined 16 points from its prolific pair of Isa Molde and Tots Carlos, and both players will be looking to redeem themselves when the Lady Maroons battle National University.

Game time is at 4 p.m.

"We were in a hurry to do so many things. We were in a haste, we lost our cool. I think that's what brought the result, which did not favor our team," UP coach Godfrey Okumu said of their performance against Ateneo.

"I hope in the next game, we'll give good results," he added.

The Lady Maroons need a victory to keep up with idle De La Salle University, FEU, and University of Santo Tomas in the league standings.

The Lady Bulldogs enter the match with a 3-game losing streak, the most recent of which was a four-set defeat to the Golden Tigresses.

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