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Morado enjoys Ateneo reunion, but still not returning to Lady Eagles

MANILA, Philippines – Star setter Jia Morado thoroughly enjoyed playing with her former teammates in the Ateneo de Manila University women's volleyball team, but she still stands by her decision to "graduate" from the Lady Eagles.

The one-time UAAP Best Setter had 5 points and 58 excellent sets in Ateneo's epic five-set victory over archrival De La Salle University in the "Battle of the Rivals" last Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena, and was named match MVP.

Jia Morado (12) laughs with teammate Amy Ahomiro (16) and La Salle's Michele Gumabao (7) during the Battle of the Rivals at the MOA Arena. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
With Morado making plays for superstar Alyssa Valdez and veterans like Ella de Jesus and Amy Ahomiro, Ateneo clawed its way back from a two-set deficit and hacked out a 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13 victory.

"It felt great, playing again with familiar people," said Morado, who served as Ateneo's team captain in the UAAP Season 79 tournament and led the Lady Eagles to a sixth consecutive Finals appearance.

"It took some kapa-kapa and adjustments, pero nakuha din namin eventually," she added.

Sunday's exhibition game, which was held for the benefit of the two schools' scholarship programs and the Rebisco Foundation, gave Morado a chance to once again set for her Season 79 teammates like Bea de Leon, Jho Maraguinot, and Michelle Morente.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/17/17/morado-enjoys-ateneo-reunion-but-still-not-returning-to-lady-eagles

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