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Tiebreaker Times Ateneo takes fight out of UP ADMU News UAAP UP Volleyball  UP Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 79 Tai Bundit Kat Tolentino Jia Morado Jhoana Maraguinot Jerry Yee Isa Molde Gyzelle Tan Diana Carlos Ateneo Women's Volleyball

Like a runaway truck on Katipunan Avenue, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles were unstoppable as they steamrolled the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons for the second time this season, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15, at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

There was no “UP Fight!”, only an Ateneo pummeling, as the lady spikers from Loyola dominated every stretch of the match except a few early parts at the start of each set. In every skill, Ateneo lorded it over their Katipunan neighbors.

“Kay coach Tai naman kasi, every game talagang parang crucial ang preparation. Hindi nakaka-apekto sa paghahanda namin ‘yung standing namin,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses.

After scoring just four points in their win against La Salle, Jhoana Maraguinot scorched UP for 17 points off 15-for-23 attacking, while six-foot-two open hitter Kat Tolentino added 10 markers. Ateneo limited their errors to a season-low 14 while out-hitting UP, 44-24.

Ateneo remain atop the standings with a 7-1 record. They next face the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses (5-3) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

No UP attacker reached double-digits; Isa Molde tallying eight points, while Tots Carlos managed seven.

UP fall for the fourth straight time after winning their first four matches. They slip to fifth and take on the University of the East Lady Warriors also on Wednesday.

The Scores

ADMU (3) – Maraguinot 17, Tolentino 10, De Leon 9, Morente 9, Morado 5, Gopico 4, Gequillana 0, Madayag 0, Tan (L)

UP (0) – Molde 8, Carlos 7, Buitre 4, Gannaban 4, Tiamzon 4, Bersola 2, Layug 1, Basarte 0, Dorog (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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