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Young Ateneo-Motolite stuns Creamline, claims top spot



Tiebreaker Times Young Ateneo-Motolite stuns Creamline, claims top spot ADMU News PVL Volleyball  Tai Bundit Oliver Almadro Kat Tolentino Jema Galanza Deanna Wong Dani Ravena Creamline Cool Smashers Bea De Leon Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles Alyssa Valdez 2018 PVL Season 2018 PVL Open Conference

Facing legends and alumni, the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles did not back down, claiming their biggest win of the PVL Open Conference at the expense of Alyssa Valdez and the Creamline Cool Smashers, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, at the Batangas City Arena.

The Lady Eagles saw a hot start dissipate as former Ateneo champions Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado sparked Creamline’s third set domination and fourth set comeback.

Locked in a tight fifth set, Maddie Madayag gave Ateneo momentary breathing room, sliding in for back-to-back points and an 8-6 Lady Eagles lead. Former three-time UAAP MVP Valdez then kept Creamline alive, scoring four times in a run that gave her team a 12-10 cushion. From there, Ateneo’s defense took over, as Ponggay Gaston and Bea De Leon scored down the stretch, setting up rookie Vanie Gandler’s game-wining block on Valdez.

“I really commend my players for stepping up under pressure. Creamline is such a veteran team with great players,” Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to learn kasi nga, as I’ve been saying, every game is a learning game for us. Slowly, we’re getting to where we want to be.”

Kat Tolentino topped Ateneo with 22 points, while De Leon added 15.

Valdez dropped a season-high 32 points but Creamline gave up 37 errors, far from their usual six error per set average.

Ateneo momentarily sit atop the standings with a 7-2 card, while Creamline drop to second at 6-2.

The Lady Eagles take on Tacloban (4-5) on Saturday. Creamline will also face the Fighting Warays on November 7. Both matches are at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

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Ateneo-Motolite (3) – Tolentino 22, De Leon 15, Madayag 9, Gandler 6, Wong 5, Samonte 3, Fanger 0, Maraguinot 0, Ravena (L)

Creamline (2) – Valdez 32, Galanza 13, Soriano 11, Gumabao 9, Cayetano 3, Mandapat 3, Gutierrez 2, Bravo 1, Morado 0, Atienza (L), Gohing (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.