Lady Eagles trumps FEU in 5 sets to book Final 4 seat

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Ateneo Lady Eagles celebrates after a rousing victory over the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday. VOLLEYBALL PH

MANILA – The Ateneo Lady Eagles survived a tough stand by the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws for a 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8 victory in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday night at the San Juan Arena.

Jhoanna Maraguinot came through with 23 points, on 20 attacks and three service aces for the Lady Eagles, which formalized its entry into the Final Four with its league-leading 9-1 win-loss slate.

Michelle Morente chipped in a triple-double 15 hits, 18 digs and 17 excellent receptions for the Lady Eagles, which has made it into the semis for the eighth straight year.

The Lady Eagles, which is hoping to bounce back from its runner-up finish in Season 78, have not lost to the Lady Tamaraws since dropping a 20-25, 17-25, 16-25 decision in Jan. 23, 2013.   

Maraguinot powered the Lady Eagles to take a 10-5 advantage in the deciding frame and the Lady Tamaraws crumbled with their late-game errors in another epic five-setter duel.

Mabuti na lang at ang breaks napunta sa amin,” said Lady Eagles assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. “Maganda din ang inilaro nila (FEU). Hindi ka puwedeng magpahinga sa FEU, grabe ang depensa nila,”

Meanwhile, the National University Lady Bulldogs grabbed a share of third place with the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses (6-4) after defeating the University of the East Lady Warriors.

 

Bernadeth Pons had four blocks to finish with 19 points and 12 excellent receptions while Toni Rose Basas added 14 hits and nine digs for the Lady Tamaraws, which slid down to a 5-5 record./PN