Ateneo returns to UAAP finals after dropping UP in straight sets

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – The Ateneo Lady Eagles are on their way to a fifth straight UAAP women’s volleyball finals appearance after taking care of the UP Lady Maroons in the Final Four round of Season 78, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21, on Saturday, April 16, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ateneo made sure there would be no repeat of the last time both teams faced when State U, the last squad to beat the Lady Eagles this season, won the contest in 4 sets.

The defending champions will face either La Salle or FEU in the finals where they will aim to win a third straight title. 

If the Lady Spikers, who have a twice-to-beat edge over the Lady Tamaraws, win their Final Four series, it will be the fifth straight year ADMU and DLSU face in the championship round.

Jhoana Maraguinot led the winning effort for the Lady Eagles with 17 points on 10 spikes, 4 services, and 3 blocks. Alyssa Valdez had 16 points, while Jia Morado posted 40 excellent sets.

On the other end, Nicole Tiamzon led UP with 13 points while team captain Kathy Bersola posted 8 points. –