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Ateneo battles winless Adamson

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Other Sports
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Games today:

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

8 a.m. – FEU vs UE (Men)

10 a.m. – AdU vs ADMU (Men)

2 p.m. – FEU vs UE (Women)

4 p.m. – AdU vs ADMU (Women)

ATENEO seeks to keep the pacesetters within striking distance when it plays Adamson today in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Eagles are tipped to prevail in the 4 p.m. clash with the Lady Falcons, who are winless in three contests.
   
Far Eastern University tries to get back its winning ways against University of the East in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.
   
True enough, the season is unpredictable.
   
Ateneo is currently tied with defending champion La Salle in third place at 2-1, behind joint leaders University of the Philippines and National University, both undefeated in three starts.
   
The Lady Eagles displayed tremendous composure in defeating the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 24-26, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11, last Sunday despite playing minus coach Tai Bundit, who went to Bangkok to pay last respects to his father-in-law, who passed away last week.
   
Assistant coach Sherwin Meneses will handle Ateneo for the second straight game, facing against his alma mater Adamson, which has been struggling under new coach Air Padda.
   
Still, the Lady Eagles will not rest their laurels, as the Lady Falcons are slowly getting better as the season progresses.
   
After a challenging first three games, Ateneo is looking good so far in the post-Alyssa Valdez era.           
   
“Sa nakikita ko naman ngayon, nag-i-improve na ng sobra yung personality nila kahit na wala si Alyssa. Yun ang hinahanap ni coach Tai,” said Meneses. “Balanced yung team, kailangan lahat pumupuntos.”
   
Jia Morado has proved to be a good leader for the Lady Eagles, while Jho Maraguinot, Michelle Morente and Bea de Leon are producing the needed numbers.  Kim Gequillana, the hero of Ateneo’s win against FEU, showed that she is ready to step up even as a substitute.
           
Adamson, which has also yet to win a set in the tournament, hopes to go all-out to get out of the funk.
           
The Lady Tamaraws, meanwhile, are raring to bounce back from the narrow five-set loss to the Lady Eagles, but they have a brace a tough Lady Warriors, who are making people heads turn despite their 0-3 record.
           
FEU is sporting a 1-2 slate in a tie with University of Santo Tomas in fifth place.
           
In men’s play, titleholder Ateneo tries to extend its perfect run to four against Adamson in the featured 10 a.m. match, right after the FEU-U