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Maddie Madayag’s record-setting block performance lifts Ateneo past UST



Tiebreaker Times Maddie Madayag's record-setting block performance lifts Ateneo past UST ADMU News UAAP UST Volleyball  UST Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Sisi Rondina Oliver Almadro Maddie Madayag Kungfu Reyes Kat Tolentino Eya Laure Deanna Wong Dani Ravena Ateneo Women's Volleyball

Behind a record-setting performance from Maddie Madayag, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles came roaring back from two sets down, to upend the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, to start the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball tournament second round at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Tigresses dominated the onset of the match, cruising to a 20-8 lead in the first set. The second frame was closer, with UST clinging to a late 22-21 lead. From there, Sisi Rondina then struck thrice to give UST a 2-0 sets lead.

Ateneo regained form in the third set, working their block for a 12-8 lead. Gaining momentum from Ateneo’s miscues, UST slowly crept back and tied the set at 19. After an exchange of leads that led to a deuce, Bea De Leon then scored two clutch points from an attack and ace to extend the match.

Another back-and-forth start positioned UST up early in the fourth set, 13-9. Ponggay Gaston spearheaded a run that brought Ateneo to within one, 17-16. The Tigresses’ offense then stalled, allowing Ateneo to gain a 24-20 lead. Ateneo nearly faced another deuce, until Kat Tolentino nailed the set-clinching spike that forced a decider.

The Lady Eagles took control of the fifth set thanks to solid play from Maddie Madayag, who pushed them to a 14-10 gap.

Madayag finished with 23 points from 11 attacks, an ace, and a league-record 11 blocks. Kat Tolentino finished with 20 points.

“UST came prepared today. My players fought well and showed their resiliency. I admire the players for the trust that they put in me,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro.

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“UST played really well. I just so happened that the breaks of the game, in the end, fell to us,” the decorated tactician added.

Sisi Rondina matched the UAAP record for points in a game with 35. Eya Laure provided 21 markers.

Ateneo remain on top of the standings with a 7-1 record, while UST fall to a 5-3 card.

The Scores

ADMU (3) – Madayag 23, Tolentino 20, De Leon 11, Gaston 10, Samonte 9, Raagas 3, Wong 3, Gandler 2, Maraguinot 0, Gequillana (L), Ravena (L)

UST (2) – Rondina 35, Laure 21, Pacres 9, Galdones 8, Galanza 2, Jimenez 2, Viray 2, Bicar 0, Roldan 0, Delerio (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.