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Lady Eagles smite hapless Tigresses to keep semis hopes alive

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Tiebreaker Times Lady Eagles smite hapless Tigresses to keep semis hopes alive ADMU News PVL UST Volleyball  UST Women's Volleyball Tai Bundit Michelle Morente Kungfu Reyes Kim Gequillana Jia Morado Gizelle Tan Eya Laure Ateneo Women's Volleyball Ana Gopico 2016 SVL Season 2016 SVL Collegiate Conference

The Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles evened their quarterfinals record at 2-2 after staving off the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses in straight sets 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Aside from the first set, the Lady Eagles had no trouble sweeping the erring, depleted Tigresses. Ateneo took their largest lead, 22-15, in the third set to finish off the match.

“Siguro we just focused on the preparation for this match so that we could execute when it came time for the game. I thought we really played well as a team and we’re happy we got the win,” said Ateneo open hitter Kim Gequillana who was named Player of the Game with 13 points.

Ana Gopico also added 13 points for the Loyola-based spikers while Michelle Morente added 10 markers, nine digs, and six excellent receptions.

Ateneo’s win kept them in pace with other 2-2 teams UP and San Sebastian for one of the remaining semifinals seats.

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After winning their first two matches of the season, the Tigresses stumbled for the rest of their matches, finishing with a 0-4 quarterfinals record.

UST Juniors standout Ejiya Laure led the Tigresses anew with 13 points, the only Tigress in double-digits. Caitlyn Viray added eight markers.

The Scores

ADMU (3) – Gequillana 13, Gopico 13, Morente 10, Gaston 7, Samonte 6, Morado 3, De Leon 2, Tan (L)

UST (0) – Laure 13, Viray 8, Meneses 5, Pacres 2, Sandoval 2, Bicar 1, Mangulabnan 1, Dizon 1, Palec 1, Pollentes (L), Rasmo (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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