The winner of the first match in the Stapledar semifinals of the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament will be cast in a showdown with a squad sheltered by a play-off bonus.
It’s a tough command, but Ateneo got a lot of practice.
The two-time defending champion faced a deficit late in the first two sets. Twice in that frame, the Blue Eagles came back to disappoint the University of Santo Thomas (UST).
“We just told ourselves, we have to finish it vigorously… and we have to rely on the basics to do it right,” said Atenio coach Oliver Almadro.
Now stop trying to lose La Salle twice.
The Blue Eagles defeated UST, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, using two still-nerve finishes in the first two sets at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday to turn the tournament into a dream against their formidable rivals. .
Atenio, who led the way to No. 4 seed with a sudden death KO win against Adamson, certainly felt it wanted more wins.
In both opening sets, UST trailed the Blue Eagles 22-23 by a powerful run from their enemies. But by combining proper heating with strong defense, the Blue Eagles made three straight points each time to knock out the Tigers, closing each set with a strong kill-block.
After that, the UST seemed windy.
The Tigers fought back after a strong 3-0 lead by the Eagles in the third set and stayed in the middle of that frame and Faith Nisperos before scoring a sterling run that made six match points.
“It’s really a team effort, especially in the last game. I couldn’t do it without my teammates, “said Nisperos. “It simply came to our notice then.
UST, the third pick, hit one down the line to end the match with Nisperos before beating two of those match points.
The Eagles will play their third consecutive no-call match. INQ
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