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Ateneo whips UP in season debut

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Heat check for the defending champs Ateneo!

The Lady Eagles simply asserted their mastery against UP Lady Maroons
25-13, 25-17, 25-23, in the season opener of the UAAP Season 82 women’s division volleyball tournament on March 4, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ateneo just perfectly combined a roster filled with reliable veterans and energized youths throughout the matchup.

The Katipunan duel proved to be one-sided when the blue and white squad drew first bled in the opening set, 25-13.

UP still put up a good fight in the second canto by tying the ballgame at 14-all, only for Ateneo to respond with an 11-3 surge.

Although the Lady Maroons still refused to throw in the towel in the deciding third set with just an 18-19 deficit, Ateneo was just too composed to seal the deal.

“Malaking bagay ito para sa amin to win the first game of the season,but we will not stop here, one game will not determine our character,” said Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro.

“We’re just happy na nakapaglaro na kami ulit and we won the first game.”

Returning Kat Tolentino put up 15 points built on 12 total attacks.

Budding rookie Faith Nisperos registered 10 points — all of which came from the attacking department, while Jules Samonte also put up 10 markers.

Meanwhile, UP veterans Tots Carlos and Isa Molde chalked up 20 combined points in a losing effort.