Ateneo dominates Adamson, extends win streak
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Lady Eagles solidified their hold of the top spot with a four-set win over Adamson, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday, March 13, at the Filoil Flying V Center.
Ponggay Gaston topscored for the Lady Eagles with 16 points off 10 attacks and 6 aces as Deanna Wong played her best game yet this season with 29 excellent sets.
“Thankful ako sa teammates ko and kay coach (Oliver Almadro) hindi rin madaling kalaban ang Adamson. They really tested us also with their floor defense,” said Gaston.
(I’m thankful for my teammates and to coach Oliver Almadro because it’s not easy going against Adamson. They really tested us also with their floor defense.)
Ateneo kept a hold of the top spot at 5-1 while Adamson fell to 1-5 in the standings.
Libero Tonnie Rose Ponce was the lone bright spot of the Adamson team – which tallied 35 errors – as she covered the floor with 45 excellent digs and 28 excellent receptions.
The Lady Falcons looked to have taken control from the get-go with a 4-0 start, but Ateneo overturned the deficit with a massive 17-0 run and shut out Adamson to a single digit score – the first in Season 81.
It was a closer game in the following set with Ateneo leading up to the second technical timeout, 16-14.
But after Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro experimented with his rotation by plugging in his rookies, Adamson's Joy Dacoron led her team to end Ateneo's 10 set-win streak.
The Lady Eagles then rallied back in the following frames and took control until the end of the game. – Rappler.com