Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo is slowly building up its credentials for another Final Four run and the Lady Eagles had one thing in their agenda when they took on National University in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Eagles were on the losing side of the spectrum when they faced the Lady Bulldogs, 25-19, 25-19 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De Leon, who had five of total points coming off blocks, denied Santiago in the net to give Ateneo a 21-17 lead and she blocked Audrey Paran two times to seal the Lady Eagles’ victory.Kat Tolentino, Madayag’s co-captain, said Ateneo learned to compose itself throughout the season after losing its first two games.“The mentality on the second round is that we’re a lot more comfortable, because the first two games we’re really new and we’re still adjusting with each other,” said Tolentino who had eight points in the win. “Now we’re really gelling here in the second round.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlos says UP coach Okumu didn’t speak Lady Maroons after loss to UST Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback That setback infuriated the team’s seniors and Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, and Maddie Madayag all wanted to get one back from NU.And that’s what they eventually did when they walloped the Lady Bulldogs in three sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This was a really huge boost for our confidence because we knew we could get back at the teams who beat us before,” said De Leon whose team climbed to the second seed, from fourth, with a 6-3 record.“This was big because not only did we get even with NU but we also bounced in the standings,” added De Leon who had nine points in the win. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Captain Madayag said the team had adjusted from the lessons they learned in their previous game against NU, and that was going back up immediately after a mistake.“Everybody adjusted well because we all played really well today, and if someone made an error they immediately corrected it the next play,” said Madayag who led the team in scoring with 13 points.And the mistake the Lady Eagles corrected was letting Jaja Santiago have her way against them.Santiago had 26 points in their first match but was limited to just 16 in the second meeting.And a big part of that was De Leon’s relentless defense.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
With the loss to Washington State on Saturday, Stanford became the first-round opponent. USC split with both teams in the regular season. Each school presents a problem with two strong big men. The Trojans prefer to go small. PULLMAN, Wash. – Stanford or Washington? There wasn’t much of a difference when it came to which team the Trojans would play in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament. And in this corner: With just more than a minute left in double overtime, a heated Tony Bennett, Washington State’s coach, pointed over toward the USC bench and called Tim Floyd over to meet with him and an official at midcourt. Bennett appeared to be upset with a USC assistant coach. Police briefly took the court, though their presence seemed unnecessary. Floyd declined to talk about the incident, and the coaches appeared friendly in shaking hands after the game. “They were face to face like they were about to go into a boxing match,” Nick Young said of the coaches. Add Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to be the toughest matchup in the Pac-10 for USC when it spanked the Trojans 65-50 in Palo Alto. However, USC likes the game after winning 69-65 at Galen Center on Feb. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since USC lost to Washington on Thursday and beat Stanford the previous week, this might even be a better draw. “It wouldn’t have mattered,” coach Tim Floyd said. “They’re all really tough. Stanford or Washington, I guess, or Oregon or Arizona. Pick your poison. They’re all terrific NCAA Tournament teams.” USC is seeded third, and Stanford is sixth. Washington, which is seventh, would have had to beat Arizona State on Wednesday to play the Trojans. The Huskies would now match up with Washington State if they beat the Sun Devils. Rivalry brewing: USC could get a rematch with Washington State in the semifinals Friday. The teams have already played two last-minute classics this season.