Ateneo Gets Spikers’ Turf Breakthrough while NU Keeps Record

Sep 18, 2022

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MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo-Fudgee Barr earns their maiden victory in the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference, while NU-Sta. is defeated. Kennedy Batas and Amil Pacinio, Jr. Elena hasn’t lost in any of her first three games.

Kennedy Batas and Amil Pacinio, Jr. lead Ateneo-Fudgee Barr’s maiden win at the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference, while NU-Sta. Elena has not lost in her first three games.

By defeating winless Army, 32 – 30, 25 – 5, 16 – 25, 25 – 15, on Saturday, September 10 at the Paco Arena, Ateneo-Fudgee Barr secured its first victory of the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference.

Amil Pacinio, Jr. scored 16 points, followed by Kennedy Batas, who finished with 17 points from 14 attempts, two blocks, and one ace. The Blue Eagles improved to a 1 to 3 record with the addition of 15 points from Jian Salarzon.

With 14 points off 11 assaults and 3 blocks, Madzlan Gampong led the Army in its fourth consecutive defeat, while John Daniel Diwa only managed to score 7 points in two sets.

NU-Sta in the interim Elena quickly defeated Santa Rosa City, 25 to 16, 25 to 16, and 25 to 22, to maintain their unblemished record after three games.

Even though he only participated in the final two sets, Michael John Fortuna provided the defensive backbone with 10 points, while Nico Almendras scored 12 points to lead the evenly distributed offense.

Jade Disquitado and Ike Barilea both scored 8 points to lead the 1 to 3 Lions, who had no players score in double figures.

On Thursday, September 15, Ateneo makes a triumphant comeback against the unbeaten reigning champion Cignal HD Spikers at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Army has another chance to win against Santa Rosa at 2:30 p.m.

On September 17 at 5:30 p.m., also against the Blue Eagles, NU will attempt to earn its fourth straight victory.

Ateneo was defeated on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena by National University after a sluggish first set. The score was 18 to 25, 25 to 20, 25 to 19, and 25 to 18.

NU recovers from being down a set to defeat Ateneo and maintain its winning streak.

In nine matches in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament, Bella Belen scored 19 points on 17 attacks and two blocks for the Lady Bulldogs to maintain their perfect record.

UE is defeated in straight sets by See Adamson as she recovers from her setback.

More significantly, with a 9 to 0 record, it guaranteed NU a playoff position for the Final Four.

Alyssa Solomon contributed 14 points, Cess Robles added 16 points from 15 kills, and Lams Lamina scored four points to go with 22 fantastic sets. Cess Robles also had 15 kills and one block.

After a sluggish beginning, NU overcame it to win the following two sets, and they led 9 to 2 to begin the third.

Coach Karl Dimaculangan bemoaned the first set mishap, saying, “I think it is our wakeup call that we need to play a serious game and fight hard in every point and set.”

We must constantly play seriously; that is our mindset, attention, and attitude should always be there. The hype should be put aside because we are still far from our goal. We must not be complacent, especially given the current circumstances and the fact that it is still Ateneo.

However, the Lady Bulldogs’ errors kept the Blue Eagles in the game, with the closest score being four, 22 to 18, but Faith Nisperos’ hit soared past the line and was followed by Belen’s block on Vanie Gandler and Solomon’s powerful spike to end the match.

To win against Ateneo and maintain its unbeaten streak, NU rallies from a set down.

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