After winning twice against the Lady Bulldogs of National University, the Lady Eagles of Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) marched into the Finals and faced the 3-peat defending champ, the Lady Spikers of De La Salle University (DLSU) who gained thrice to beat advantage in the step ladder format of the UAAP Season 76.

In their first game, the Blue Eagles dominated in four sets against the Green Spikers, (3-1) , 17-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 at the famous Araneta Coliseum.Ateneo

The Lady Spikers with a great momentum displayed much power in the opening set. Arra Galang and team captain Abigail Marano combined their powerful kills above the net and easily trounced the Lady Eagles, 17-25.

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But the Lady Eagles tried to showcase their great attacks. They were able to capitalize their game. As Alyssa Valdez and Michelle Morente teamed up to go ahead the defensive Lady Spikers. With an unforced error from Cyd Demicillo, Ateneo took the second set, 25-23.

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And the Eagles continued to soar higher in the 3rd set, as the Lady Spikers lost their momentum in both offense and defense above the net. They were easily clawed by the Ateneo ladies, 25-13.

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Trying to force a decider, the Lady Spikers started in a good shape in the fourth set, but the unstoppable Alyssa Valdez plus the “Elevator” Ella De Jesus and Amy Ahomiro made their statement and contributed much to seal the match, 25-20.

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Their next game will be on Saturday, Game 2. I am pretty sure that this would be an exciting volleyball match to see.

Photo Credit : Arvin Lim