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Ateneo-Motolite overwhelms revamped Iriga-Navy for 3rd win



Tiebreaker Times Ateneo-Motolite overwhelms revamped Iriga-Navy for 3rd win ADMU News PVL Volleyball  Ponggay Gaston Oliver Almadro Kat Tolentino Joanne Bunag Iriga-Navy Lady Oragons Grazielle Bombita Egay Rusit Deanna Wong Bela Peralta Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles 2018 PVL Season 2018 PVL Open Conference

Coming off their first loss of the tournament six days ago, the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles bounced back, trumping the Iriga-Navy Oragons, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14, at the PVL Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Calling in reinforcements from the Philippine Army, Iriga-Navy put up a better fight compared to their past outings. The Lady Eagles needed to spring free from a 15-all tie to take a 23-19 lead to take the first set.

Iriga seemed to have the second set in hand, leading 17-5 thanks to newcomer Joanne Bunag. Ateneo, however, rallied, taking a 15-20 deficit and turning it into a 24-20 gap. Poor Ateneo serve reception opened the door for Iriga to force a deuce. Ateneo stemmed the tide, going to Kat Tolentino in the end game to take a 2-0 lead.

Ateneo had all the momentum come the third set, building a 19-13 gap and never looking back.

“I just told my players na every game is a chance to learn for us,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro of his team’s second set performance. “My players know how to play, they just forget how to win sometimes.”

Tolentino led all scorers with 14 points, while Ponggay Gaston hopped off the bench and tallied eight markers.

Bunag finished with 11 markers, while fellow Army addition Nene Bautista added seven markers.

Ateneo (3-1) take on the Adamson-Akari Lady Falcons (0-4) tomorrow at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Iriga-Navy (0-6) also face Adamson on Wednesday.

The Scores

Ateneo-Motolite (3) – Tolentino 14, Gaston 8, De Leon 7, Madayag 7, Gandler 6, Gequillana 3, Wong 3, Maraguinot 0, Samonte 0, Peralta (L)

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Iriga-Navy (0) – Bunag 11, Bombita 8, Eguia 8, Bautista 7, Acuna 5, Cabriana 5, Raterta 1, Ramas 0, Agno (L), Ticar (L)

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.