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Ateneo nails first win sans-Madayag, sweeps UST to clinch F4 spot

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Tiebreaker Times Ateneo nails first win sans-Madayag, sweeps UST to clinch F4 spot ADMU News UAAP UST Volleyball  UST Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 78 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 78 Tai Bundit Rica Rivera Ria Meneses Kungfu Reyes Jho Maraguinot Gizelle Tan EJ Laure Cherry Rondina Ateneo Women's Volleyball Amy Ahomiro Alyssa Valdez

The Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles made short work of the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses in Maddie Madayag’s first match out of the lineup, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Ateneo had UST’s number right from the first point, overwhelming their foes at every facet. Ateneo dominated the blocking (8-2) and serving department (7-2) while limiting their errors to just 22.

Ateneo’s open hitters, Alyssa Valdez and Jhoana Maraguinot, dished out 14 points apiece, while Amy Ahomiro, who took over Madayag’s spot on the starting six, managed 10 markers.

“We’re really happy with how we played pero marami pa ring errors. We really need to work on those pa,” said Valdez.

Cherry Rondina was the only Tigress in double-digits with 11 points. Skipper Ej Laure managed just nine markers.

Ateneo improve to 9-2, first in the league and good for their seventh consecutive Final Four appearance. UST are left in the middle of the pack fighting for their lives at 5-6.

Ateneo take on the Adamson University Lady Falcons on April 2 at the SM MoA Arena. UST face the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on March 30 at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores:

Ateneo (3) – Valdez 14, Maraguinot 14, Ahomiro 10, De Leon 6, Morado 4, Gequillana 3, Tan (L)

UST (0) – Rondina 11, Laure 9, Meneses 6, Cortez 3, Tunay 2, Teope 1, De Leon 1, Bicar 1, Sandoval 0, Cabanos 0, Rivera (L), Dizon (L)

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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.

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