PVL: Limping Lady Eagles survive tough Lady Pirates

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Bea De Leon returned to action and led Ateneo de Manila University to a straight set win over Lyceum of the Philippines University. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

Injury-riddled Ateneo de Manila University survived a gritty stand of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday to get back on the winning track in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Maddie Madayag and skipper Bea De Leon saw action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set defeat against Far Eastern University last week and delivered nine and eight points, respectively.

Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston finished with eight markers each for Ateneo, which improved to 2-1 win-loss record.

“Definitely, we’re happy about the win. It’s always good to win,” said De Leon, who was unavailable last game to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac.

Madayag was back in action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ last match due to an ankle sprain.

Ana Gopico was present but sat out the game for third straight time because of a hamstring injury, Kim Gequillana was in uniform but was reduced to a mere spectator with an immobilizer strapped on her left leg after suffering a knee injury against FEU while Jho Maraguinot skipped action because of an ankle sprain. 

The Lady Eagles started out flat and needed a late set rally to stave off the Lady Pirates.

“I think we started out really slow, really, really poorly,” said De Leon. “The energy on the court on the second set was very slow but then we picked it up, in the third set it was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so ‘yun lang.”

LPU kept the game close in the next two frames before fizzling out in the end.

The Lady Pirates dropped to 1-2 mark.

Rocelyn Hongria led LPU with 12 points while skipper Cherilyn Sindayen and Cherry Genova combined for 17 markers.

This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website



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