Ateneo-Motolite showed grit and big fighting heart as it overcame Myla Pablo’s power game and the veteran Pocari-Air Force crew, hacking out a stirring 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 30-28 victory in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference before a big Sunday crowd at the Imus Sports Complex in Cavite.
Kat Tolentino, Bea de Leon and playmaker Deanna Wong took charge for the rookie-laden Lady Eagles, who rallied in the third set behind superb floor defense and recovered from a fourth-set meltdown with a gritty stand in a pressure packed ending to deliver the victory for debuting coach Oliver Almadro.
Pablo rallied the Lady Warriors from 10-15 down in the fourth with her power hits, the last shoving Pocari to a 28-27 lead in the fourth. But the Lady Eagles refused to give up with de Leon forcing another extension with her own kill.
Ateneo rode on that momentum as it scored the next two points, including Tolentino kill block and another quick hit by de Leon that the Lady Warriors failed to neutralize, enabling the Katipunan-based squad to escape with the win that tied it with opening day winners PetroGazz and BanKo-Perlas.