UAAP Volleyball

Off to 0-3 start, Ateneo snaps skid with sweep of FEU

Delfin Dioquino

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Off to 0-3 start, Ateneo snaps skid with sweep of FEU

STRAIGHT SETS. Faith Nisperos (middle) and Ateneo get on the winning track with a swift win over FEU.


Faith Nisperos finally receives the support that she lacked in their first three losses as defending champion Ateneo claims its first win of the season

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo arrested its slump in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-14 win over FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, May 12.

Faith Nisperos finally received the support that she lacked in their first three losses as the Blue Eagles claimed their first victory this season with three players scoring in twin digits.

Nisperos led Ateneo in scoring anew with 14 points, including the ace that sealed the win.

Lyann de Guzman chalked up 12 points off 9 attacks and 3 service aces, while Joan Narit added 10 points highlighted by 3 blocks.

The Lady Tamaraws kept it close midway through the third set, 11-13, before they fell apart the rest of the way as the Blue Eagles rode on a win-clinching 12-3 run.

During that stretch, Nisperos scored 5 points, highlighted by back-to-back hits that pushed the Ateneo lead to 21-12 and a pair of aces late that put the nail in the coffin.

“We have to do good every game because the season is still long, so we will keep on improving,” said Blue Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro.

FEU almost gave an entire set to Ateneo after committing 22 errors, a whopping number for a three-set match.

Dropping 20 points in their five-set win over UE two days ago, Chen Tagaod topscored for the Lady Tamaraws again with 10 points.

However, no other FEU player scored at least half of what Tagaod produced, with Nikka Ann Medina and Jean Asis finishing with 4 points apiece.

The Lady Tamaraws dropped to 1-3, tied at fifth place with the Blue Eagles. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.