Ateneo secured a clean 2-0 record in UAAP Season 74 women’s volleyball on Wednesday, thanks to Fille Cainglet delivering the goods in the second and third sets and University of the East struggling on the receiving end in the match played at the Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan.
Cainglet scattered 20 hits in the Lady Eagles’ 26-24, 25-12, 25-7 victory over the Lady Warriors, their second in a row for the early solo leadership.
Also on Wednesday, Adamson University brought down University of the Philippines, 25-14, 25-17, 25-17, as the Lady Falcons recovered from a season-opening loss last weekend.
Mayette Zapanta and Sheila Pineda made 12 hits each and Pau Soriano added 10 of her own for the Lady Falcons, who yielded in four sets to De La Salle last Sunday. Pau Genido had 10 hits in for the Lady Maroons (0-2).
In men’s play, Reyson Fuentes had 18 hits and Rueben Inaudito and Edwin Tolentino contributed 15 each for National University which grabbed the solo lead with a 2-0 record following a 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 win over UP.
The other men’s game saw De La Salle beating UE, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14, with Red Christensen and Myko Antonio contributing 10 points each for the Green Archers. De La Salle and UP are toting 1-1 records.
The Lady Eagles were forced to a tight first-set by the Lady Warriors with Cainglet snatching the set for Ateneo with a service ace that UE team captain Jimberly Dawn Dizon could not stop.
The Lady Warriors groped for form after that and succumbed to several reception errors that allowed the Lady Eagles an 18-8 lead.
Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb had the luxury of resting former high school phenom Alyssa Valdez for the entire second set. Sophomore Ella de Jesus rose to the occasion for the Lady Eagles, which has yet to win its first UAAP crown.
Cainglet was unstoppable in the third set and dished out three aces. Dzi Gervacio also helped the Lady Eagles notch a second straight victory. Gorayeb said the win was what they needed before facing defending champion De La Salle on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Arena in San Juan.
Gervacio contributed 10 points and four blocks and Valdez five hits for Ateneo, which opened the season with a 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 victory over University of Santo Tomas last Saturday.
“I’m satisfied with what the girls showed today, and it proves they are ready for Saturday [against De La Salle],” said Gorayeb, who is on his fourth season as coach of the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles drew 31 points on their rivals’ errors and dished out more aces, 11-6, and blocks, 6-2.