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Alyssa, Ateneo stun La Salle in friendly 'Battle'

MANILA, Philippines – (2ND UPDATE) The Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles and the De La Salle University Lady Spikers added another chapter to their storied rivalry with a classic encounter in the "Battle of the Rivals" in front of thousands of fans at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday evening.

As she has done time and again throughout her remarkable UAAP career, Ateneo superstar Alyssa Valdez powered the Lady Eagles past their arch-rivals, this time in come-from-behind fashion.

The Ateneo Lady Eagles celebrate a point against La Salle in the Battle of the Rivals. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
After falling behind by two sets, the Lady Eagles rallied to take a heart-stopping 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13 victory.

Valdez, a three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, conspired with setter Jia Morado in leading the Lady Eagles' comeback, with help from veterans Amy Ahomiro and Ella de Jesus, and libero Denden Lazaro. Also shining for the Lady Eagles was young middle blocker Bea de Leon.

Carrying the load on offense was Valdez, who scored 36 points on 32 attacks, one block, and three service aces. De Jesus was the only other Lady Eagle in double-digits with 11 points, and Morado orchestrated Ateneo's offense to finish with 58 excellent sets.

"We really enjoyed the game kanina talaga," said Valdez. "It's been a while since I played Ateneo-La Salle, and it's been a while since we played together talaga as a team. We're just really happy na alam mo 'yun, nag-enjoy kami at naka-tulong pa kami."

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/16/17/alyssa-ateneo-stun-la-salle-in-friendly-battle

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