Ateneo Lady Eagles 1st Runner up in UAAP Volleyball
MANILA, Philippines - La Salle was simply a green, mean machine throughout.
The Lady Spikers unleashed one of their most feared forms in the season as they dominated arch rivals the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16, to sweep the UAAP women’s volleyball crown and complete a three-peat yesterday.
It was a stirring victory for the Taft-based squad, which smothered a gutsy but outclassed an Ateneo side at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Thus ended a torrid title series between two rivals that did so much for the sport as they played before record turnouts that could only be matched by their men’s basketball counterparts.
Mika Reyes stood at the forefront of the Lady Spikers’ stonewall defense, thwarting seven shots and outblocking the entire Lady Eagles team (four blocks total), while co-MVPs Abi Maraño and Ara Galang dished out solid efforts to lead DLSU to a sweep of the best-of-three series before a crowd of 18,779.
La Salle ground out a tough 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6 decision in Game One at the Big Dome last Saturday.
Best Scorer Alyssa Valdez made 14 points for Ateneo, which settled for a second straight runner-up honors and failed to give its graduating “Fab Five” – Dzi Gervacio, Fille Cainglet, Gretchen Ho, A Nacachi, and Best Setter Jem Ferrer – a fitting valedictory.