ATENEO-Motolite kept its poise in the clutch and subdued Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, to complete a back-to-back weekend sweep in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre last night.
Kat Tolentino came through with 28 points, including five blocks, and three service aces, while Jules Samonte added 11 markers as the Lady Eagles took a piece of second place with a 4-1 card.
“It’s all about trusting each other. My teammates put their heart and everything in the game,” said Tolentino after turning in another explosive performance.
The rookies shone for Ateneo, as libero Bela Peralta collected 24 digs and had receptions, while Jaja Maraguinot tossed in excellent sets.
It was Tolentino who put in key hits in the early going of the fifth where the Lady Eagles took control, 4-0 and 9-4, and a late kill that helped cushion the impact of the Lady Falcons’ spirited comeback and put them at match point, 14-12.
Another rookie, Vanie Gandler, finished off Adamson with a hit which Bern Flora had failed to control, enabling Ateneo to escape with the win, and stay within reach of undefeated BanKo-Perlas.
Ponggay Gaston and Maddie Madayag each had nine markers while Bea de Leon tallied four blocks to finish with six points for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Falcons failed to sustain a stirring fightback from 4-9 down in the fifth as they went down to 0-6.
The two teams actually faced off coming off contrasting fortunes Saturday with Adamson receiving a 17-25, 20-25, 13-25 thumping from PetroGazz and Ateneo shutting out the Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14.