UAAP Volleyball: AC Minor’s Block Party Stimulates Atenio’s Survival

Atenio's crucial victory in the AC Minor (right) UP is brilliant.  UAAP pictures

Atenio’s crucial victory in the AC Minor (right) UP is brilliant. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – AC Minor’s determination to keep Ateneo’s semi-final hopes alive boosted his season-best performance that helped his team reach the playoffs for the No. 4 spot in the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Atenio was on the verge of being knocked out after defeating Adamson La Salle in four sets at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday afternoon.

Hours later, Minor dropped a season-high eight blocks as the Blue Eagles defeated University Fighting Maroons of the Philippines 19-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19.

Rocky’s 17-point effort was inspired by his great blocking of Atenio’s play-off match against Adamson for the final semifinal berth at 5pm on Saturday, where the winner will take a step-by-step step against No. 3 University of Santo Thomas.

“When I saw it on the screen, I was surprised that I had eight blocks. I didn’t expect that. I just did what I had to do in front of the net, and I didn’t expect to get eight blocks, “said Minor after proving eight of Atenio’s 13 blocks.

“Coming to this game, it was about how badly we needed to win this game. We still have to win this game because we have the value, ”said Minor. “We can’t afford to lose the game. So to get into this game, we really needed to win. That was our mentality. “

Atenio coach Oliver Almadro knew his 19-year-old middle blocker, who was the No. 2 best blocker in the elimination round with an average of 0.53 blocks, when it was most important.

“I expect this from AC and he is really working hard in practice. He immediately followed the instructions. Hopefully, and pray for something bigger from AC, “said Almadro. “He’s cool because he just has to be a smiley. But I know I know the AC will work hard.”

As Atenio enters the post-season, Atenio coach says the best for Minor has not yet arrived.

“It simply came to our notice then. He has a lot to learn and we hope he continues to improve, “he said in Filipino.

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