The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons couldn’t keep up with the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles as they get swept in the elimination round, 23-25, 16-25, 23-25, today, March 30, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Both teams had trouble pulling away from each other in the tight and slow paced first set. However, UP’s offense fell apart in the clutch with Ateneo taking the set, 23-25.

It was a lopsided second set for the Fighting Maroons as they failed to recover after being down by as much as 10 points.

The team was visibly rattled after Isa Molde accidentally landed on rookie libero Mirgie Bautista in an attempt to spike the ball that led to her being stretchered off the court with an apparent ankle and knee injury.

Molde’s injury left UP scrambling with Head Coach Godfrey Okumu deciding to field in his second-stringers. State U’s second unit provided the much-needed spark off the bench, but the lead was too tough a mountain to climb and they dropped the set, 16-25.

Led by Marian Buitre and Jessma Ramos, the Fighting Maroons regained their composure in the third set and kept the Lady Eagles at bay all throughout.

Things took a turn for UP after a one-sided second set, but the results were no different with Ateneo taking the set and ultimately, the game, 23-25.

Tots Carlos served as the bright spot for UP with eight points.

Kat Tolentino led Ateneo in their win with 15 points.

Despite her injury, Molde looked to be in high spirits as she exited the venue in a wheelchair. She was taken to the Philippine General Hospital to examine and await further results on the severity of her injury.

UP currently sits at fifth place with a 5-4 win-loss record.

The UP Fighting Lady Maroons hope to bounce back against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors on Wednesday, April 3, at the Filoil Flying V Centre. TNP

Photo by Clarizzah Tualla

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