UAAP 79: ADMU Lady Eagles “Ace Spiker”

UAAP 79: ADMU Lady Eagles “Ace Spiker”

Jho Maraguinot of Ateneo de Manila demonstrated the passion, dedication and vivacity that PLDT Home brand encourages among the young and active generation.

Ateneo de Manila University is currently leading the pack with an impressive performance in the first round of eliminations in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Despite losing their biggest star last season, third year player Jho Maraguinot made sure the Katipunan-based squad is in good hands with her leading the current crop of blue-blooded volleybelles.

The third year hitter and PLDT Home’s newest brand ambassador is already spreading her wings to fill in the void left by three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez.

Her leadership, energy and fierceness inside the court best exemplified Ateneo’s ‘heartstrong’ mantra.

Maraguinot, a recruit from De La Salle Lipa, showcased her scoring prowess to help the Lady Eagles soar high with six wins against a lone loss at the close of first round.

Averaging 10.14 points per game, the 21-year-old hitter is second in the scoring department for the Lady Eagles. She is third in the team’s attack efficiency with 34.41%.

Maraguinot, who in Season 78 was Ateneo’s second leading scorer behind Valdez with 10.64 points per game average, played her biggest game in the Lady Eagles sweep of the then unbeaten University of the Philippines.

Coming off a three-point outing, the Alitagtag, Batangas native dropped 11 points all from attacks to silence the Lady Maroons and in the process earned her ABS-CBN Sports’ Player of the Week.

In the most awaited rematch against their archrival defending champion De La Salle University, Maraguinot stepped back to give her teammates the time to shine.

She may have been limited to only five points in that match but her role as a leader and catalyst that kept the team together in front of great adversity where the Lady Eagles needed to come back from two set point disadvantages earned her high respect from her peers.

“Her leadership inside the court greatly helped us (win the match),” said third year Ateneo middle blocker Bea De Leon.

Maraguinot truly demonstrated the passion, dedication and vivacity that PLDT Home brand encourages among the young and active generation.

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UAAP 79: Blue Eagles – Remain Unconqured

UAAP 79: Blue Eagles – Remain Unconqured

Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila dropped 19 points in a sweep of Far Eastern University.

Three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila picked up from where it left off in the opening round extending its winning streak to eight with a repeat win over Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-9, 25-18, Wednesday to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Three-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo played his usual game, uncorking 14 kills with a pair of kill blocks and three aces for 19 points to lead the league-leading and still unbeaten Blue Eagles, which swept the Tamaraws in their two elims showdowns.

Skipper Karl Baysa added 13 points while Josh Villanueva, Toni Koyfman and Rex Intal all scored six points in a balanced offensive outing orchestrated by Ish Polvorosa’s 34 excellent sets.

“I’m happy na my players performed well today,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Unang-una we prepared din naman kasi talaga kasi alam naman natin na ang FEU two losses lang sila, NU and Ateneo (sa first round) lang. So we cannot take them for granted. Good thing ang mga players ko were just prepared coming to this game.”

“Nagkagulatan eh. We thought Saturday pa ang game pero may game na ngayon so I guess ready naman ang mga bata,” he added. “My players came in prepared.”

The Tams saw their two-game winning run hit a dead end to fall to 5-3 slate.

Greg Dolor was limited to seven points while Peter Quiel had five for FEU, which committed 21 errors and without a service ace.