By Kristel Satumbaga
(The Arena, San Juan City)
8 a.m. – Adamson vs La Salle (men’s)
10 a.m. – NU vs FEU (men’s)
2 p.m. – UE vs NU (women’s)
4 p.m. – La Salle vs UP (women’s)
Powerhouse Ateneo survived a furious fightback from Far Eastern University (FEU) to hammer out a 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8 victory yesterday and stay on top in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Leading by two sets, the Lady Eagles saw the Lady Tams launch a fiery assault to take the next two frames before the Katipunan-based spikers kept their composure in the deciding set for a 9-1 win-loss mark.
It also extended their winning run to eight games and duplicated their first-round victory over the Lady Tams also in five sets.
The victory, however, was not a walk in the park especially in the fifth set, where Ateneo leaned on FEU’s five straight unforced errors to pull away from a 10-8 lead to the match win.
Jho Maraguinot was unstoppable for Ateneo after firing 23 points on 19 attacks and three aces, while Bea De Leon posted 12 points including two aces.
FEU posted 11 solid blocks, but it was still not enough to stop Ateneo’s offensive firepower.
The Lady Tams fell to 5-5 at fifth place with Bernadeth Pons and Toni Rose Basas scoring 19 and 14 points, respectively.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas (UST) recovered from a third-set meltdown against a determined Adamson side before running away with a 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win.
The Tigresses failed to sustain their hot start when the Lady Falcons fought back from an 11-5 third-set deficit, but still managed to regain their composure to close out the game in their favor.
The win strengthened UST’s Final Four bid with a 6-4 mark at third place.
Adamson almost forged a deciding fifth set after trimming its 23-14 deficit to 24-19, but a power hit from Sisi Rondina sealed the win for the España-based squad.
Rondina finished with 18 points including 15 kills, while EJ Laure fired 12 hits to finish with 14 points.
Ria Meneses and Pam Lastimosa also provided enough support with 11 points apiece.
Adamson absorbed its 10th straight loss in as many outings to remain at the bottom standings, but still showed improvement in their previous matches particularly in its floor defense.