HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UST - UAAP Season 81 Volleyball Finals Game 3
MANILA, Philippines – For the first time ever, Sisi Rondina’s family from Cebu had a chance to watch the UST star play live and witness her MVP coronation in front of a sea of Golden Tigresses fans.
However, the Ateneo Lady Eagles were not in a festive mood and had other plans for the day.
As the entire UST community watched on in disbelief, the Lady Eagles rallied hard to seize Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals in 4 sets, thus forcing a do-or-die match on Saturday, May 18.
After an embarrassing sweep in Game 1, the top-seeded Lady Eagles put up a balanced comeback on the Tigresses spearheaded by usual stalwarts Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino.
What really put the Lady Eagles over the top, however, was the timely eruption of sophomore libero Dani Ravena coinciding with a left ankle sprain suffered by UST’s Rookie of the Year Eya Laure.
Now more than ever, the Tigresses need their stars to be in tiptop shape as momentum has swung over to the blue side. However, if Laure is not 100% by tip-off, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes will be relieved to know his other young guns such as Ysa Jimenez have proven their composure in the biggest stage.
As for Ateneo, it basically needs a repeat performance of Game 2 – a defensive clinic that reminds everyone why they went 12-2 in the first place.
Expect nothing less than all-out effort from Rondina, Madayag and De Leon, all of whom are closing the curtain soon on their stellar collegiate careers in the 4 pm showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Months of hard work now culminate here, with one last game for the UAAP championship. Who will win it all?
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