Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) showed why it is the darling of the country’s women’s volleyball circuit, easily disposing Cebu’s Unversity of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) in three sets, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24, to enter the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 7 at The Arena in San Juan last Sunday.
Thai import Keawbundit Sontaya led the Blue Eagles, the first runner-up in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), scoring 17 points. Diminutive open hitter Fille Cainglet put in 11 points for the Lady Eagles.
With a 2-0 win-loss card, the girls from Katipunan in Quezon City, is currently with Lyceum of the Philippines for the top spot in Group B with a comfortable position going into the quarterfinal round.
The Lady Jaguars, perennial champions of Cebu just could not handle Sontaya easily giving up points on the defense. The Cebuanos tried to rally on the third set, extending it at 24-all, only to drop the next two points for the match.
With the mandatory two-point extension at 24-al with a miss from Ateneo’s Misha Quimpo, Sontaya and Cainglet buried back-to-back kills to seal the set and the match.
Guest player Michiko Castaneda led the Cebuanos with 11 points while the mainstay Carla Dubduban added nine.
The Lady Jaguars struggled on their reception, allowing the Lady Eagles to score 12 service aces, with veteran Bea Pascual and Sontaya combining for six easy points.
There are eight teams in this conference’s tournament including three out of town teams—USJ-R and Southwestern University from Cebu City and University of St. La Salle from Bacolod City.
Now on its seventh year, The V-League is the premiere women’s volleyball tournament in the country outside the university athletic games. The University of Santo Tomas is the winningest team in the tournament history with five championships. De La Salle University has three while the Adamson University and the San Sebastian College-Recoletos both have one championship each.