Valdez leads Ateneo past NU in V-League finals opener

Naveen Ganglani
Valdez leads Ateneo past NU in V-League finals opener
Alyssa Valdez scores 20 points as Ateneo opens the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference Finals with a 3-set victory

MANILA, Philippines – Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference MVP Alyssa Valdez finished with 20 points to lead her Ateneo Lady Eagles past the National University Lady Bulldogs in 3 sets, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21, in game one of the finals on Sunday, September 20, at the San Juan Arena.

Valdez, who was named the MVP of the conference and the Best Outside Spiker after the game, scored 15 of her points on kills for Ateneo, who came out victorious despite the absence of head coach Tab Bundit.

Bundit is currently in Thailand for a coaching course. His assistant Parley Tupaz monitored the bench in his absence and will still call the shots for game two of the best-of-3 series next Sunday, September 27.

Kim Gequillana and Jhoanna Maraguinot also played well for Ateneo, combining for 20 points in the win.

NU wasn’t at full strength as they played without Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who’s currently in Vietnam playing for Petron Blaze in the Asian Club Volleyball Championship. She is expected to play in game two.

Jaja Santiago was limited to just 7 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who were led by the 11 points of Myla Pablo.

Ateneo had more spike points than NU, 35-29, but gave up 24 points to errors. NU surrendered just 18 error points. – Rappler.com

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