WATCH: Champion veterans boost Ateneo Lady Eagles' title defense bid

MANILA, Philippines – After an unexpected championship run, the Ateneo Lady Eagles are determined to defend their UAAP women's volleyball title. 

Kat Tolentino and Jho Maraguinot, who initially announced their early exit, decided to play their final year in a move that will surely add veteran and championship experience to their Season 82 campaign. (GAME SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 82 women's volleyball 1st round)

Maraguinot played a key role in Ateneo's title romp in 2015 when the Lady Eagles swept the season behind national team stalwarts Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado. 

But in 2018, Maraguinot announced her departure from the Lady Eagles' nest together with head coach Anusorn 'Tai' Bundit, who mentored the outside hitter throughout her career in Ateneo. 

Tolentino also proved to be a vital cog in the championship team last year as she formed a triple-tower force with Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag. 

Together with veterans Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, as well as young talents in Faith Nisperos and Jaja Maraguinot, there's certainly no counting out the Ateneo Lady Eagles this season. – 


Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.