by Anton Onato
It’s another upset. This time against the defending champions.
The University of the Philippines showed some grit and pulled off an upset against two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22, in the second round of eliminations of UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at San Juan Arena, Sunday.
Four Lady Maroons scored in double digit with rookie Isa Molde leading the charge with 15 points, four of which came from service aces. Diana Carlos and Nicole Tiamzon provided 12 points each as skipper Kat Bersola contributed 10 markers.
“We had better first ball [compared to the first round meeting]. We also had better blockings in this game,” Molde said in Filipino.
UP had seven kill blocks compared to Ateneo’s five.
Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, tospcored Ateneo, which dropped to 6-2 after losses to La Salle and UP, with 19 points as Jhoana Maraguinot chipped in 15 markers in losing effort.
After a diesel start in the first set, UP went on to take the next sets by banking on their excellent offense. They also capitalized on Ateneo’s errors whom they last defeated on Jan. 17, 2007.
The Fighting Lady Maroons is now on solo third with 5-3 win-loss card. They will face Adamson University on Saturday at San Juan Arena.
This article was originally published in a slightly different format on the Tinig ng Plaridel Facebook page. It has been republished here in full.