For coach Oliver Almadro, the Atenio Blue Eagles have scored more goals than they would like to lose.
Yet more than anything else, according to Lady Eagles, an outspoken mentor, UAAP Season 84 provided what was needed to send their title-holding bids to women’s volleyball.
“We told each other we had to take this victory home,” Almadro said after the impressive 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 win over Strick University of Santo Thomas (UST) at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.
“My players showed that they want to take this win home,” he said, citing many occasions where the Lady Eagles failed in the final game. “The problem with us before is that when we are given the opportunity, we always fail to take it. We were looking forward to this victory. Such a victory. “
It was Atenio’s fifth win in 10 games but more importantly, it was above second-placed UST, which is leading the game.
The Tigers are now 6-3.
After a 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 victory over the University of the Philippines in the third game, La Salle occupied a part of the second place with UST.
Lady Spikers slipped to third place six as the Lady Maroons tried to stay afloat.
But Alejandro went into business on behalf of Malaluan and Thea Gaggett Lady Spykers, who won their second win in a row at 7-3. The Lady Maroons lost their second consecutive match 4-6.
Atenio, Almadro said, really had to take the game from UST.
“We came here out of respect for the opposition. Respecting [UST’s Eya] Lore. So we could not put any error in the defense. Every step should be studied because the US is a very strong team. ” Almadro added.
The usually turbulent tigresses were out of their depths, depending on the large break that did not occur. In the third set, UST tied at 18, winning the last three five-setters.
But the Blue Eagles were already very digging. They limited Lore, the league’s highest scorer, to just 14 points, eight less than his average.
Atenio beat UST 46-38, as Faith Nisperos, Vanessa Gandler and Joan Narit all turned into double figures and tied for 41 points.
“I think we got this game because we worked as a team,” Narit said. “Anyone who goes to court and goes out, I can really see that we had faith. For example, if someone misses something, there will always be someone who got their back or something. “
“I think it was just a matter of faith and really fighting to the end,” he added.
Suffice it to say that this was a morale-boosting win for Atenio, whose roller-coaster season is underway after a massive change of lineup.
“We can see everyone working, even the people on the bench,” said Rookie Middle Blocker AC Minor.
UST coach Kung Fu Reyes, meanwhile, acknowledged that the Tigers lacked their usual aggression and promised to deal with a sudden decline in their performance.
“I hope this turns out to be a wake-up call for us,” Reyes said.
In the second game, Adamson won for the second time in a row after losing to Far Eastern University (FEU), 25-17, 25-17, 25-16.
Trish Genesis led Lady Falcons with 14 points, with May Ann Nuick adding 12. Riza Cruz and Kate Santiago each advanced 6-4 to 11 points for Adamson.
FEU is facing its seventh consecutive defeat and is already out of contention in the final four with a 1-9 record.
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