Ateneo Holds On To Top Spot in UAAP Beach Volleyball

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Ateneo took the women’s solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 beach volleyball tournament as Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan turned back Adamson University’s Mylene Paat and Jessica Galanza, 21-13, 21-15, yesterday at the jampacked Sands SM By The Bay.

Tan spelled the difference for the Lady Eagles as she helped Valdez with her impressive defense and well-placed shots to pin the Lady Falcons first loss after a three-game winning run.

De La Salle, however, foiled arch-rival Ateneo’s march to the semifinals as Cyd Demecillo and Kim Fajardo defeated Valdez and Tan in come-from-behind 11-21, 21-16, 15-12 victory in the afternoon session.

The Lady Eagles now have four wins against a loss after the first three days of competitions.

Far Eastern University joined Adamson in second place at 3-1 after Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza made quick work of National University’s Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor, 21-12, 21-12.

Defending champion University of Santo Tomas rediscovered its winning ways as reigning MVP Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera whipped University of the Philippines’ Arianne Estranero and Vina Alinas, 21-12, 21-15, and ripped University of the East’s Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-3, 21-4, to move up to 3-2 slate.

The Lady Spikers, who joined the Tigresses in fourth place at 3-2, blasted the Lady Warriors, 21-10, 21-9, in the morning session.

The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Maroons fell to 1-3 in joint sixth. UE, meanwhile, bowed out of contention with its five straight loss.

In the men’s division, Ateneo hacked out a 21-18, 21-12 victory over FEU, while UST beat UP, 21-19, 21-17, as the two team remain unbeaten in four starts.

Defending champion NU defeated UE, 21-15, 21-16, for a 3-1 slate, while Adamson overwhelmed La Salle, 21-10, 21-14, to even its record to 2-2.