Ateneo De Manila University bowed out of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference on Tuesday, losing to Air Force in a do-or-die match for the last semis berth after an amazing quarterfinals sweep.
But Lady Eagles team captain Alyssa Valdez looked at the whole experience as a positive one.
“It’s been an honor, we’re really blessed and really thankful na nabigyan kami ng opportunity na makipaglaro sa [veterans] kasi minsan lang naman ‘yun,” said Ateneo team captain Alyssa Valdez.
Air Force ended Ateneo's amazing surge with a surprising straight-set 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory yesterday to clinch the last Final Four berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference before a big crowd at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday.
The Air Spikers used top hitter Maika Ortiz as a decoy to unsettle the Lady Eagles’ net defense then drew solid games from Judy Caballejo, Liza Deramos, May Ann Pantino and Joy Cases to frustrate the reigning UAAP champions, who forced a playoff for the last semis seat by sweeping the quarters phase.
Air Force also held Alyssa Valdez, who came into the one-game playoff with a 26-hit norm, to just 18 points as the Air Spikers’ blockers marked the league’s scoring leader all game long.
No stranger to rising from the brink, Ateneo tries to pull off one more miracle today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference.
Riding high on a five-game winning streak, the Lady Eagles dispute the last semifinal berth with the Philippine Air Force Spikers at 4 p.m. today at Filoil Flying V Aren in San Juan.
Janine Marciano stepped up to fire 17 hits as Cagayan Valley finally showed its true worth and beat Air Force, 28-26, 25-20, 25-20, on Sunday to clinch the third Final Four berth while sending the Raiders to a playoff with the Ateneo side for the last semis seat in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
Marciano atoned for her so-so showing in the quarters that saw the Rising Suns drop their first four matches and into the brink of elimination from the tournament they ruled via a record 16-game sweep last year, coming through with a 15-attack game and two aces to complement with top hitter Aiza Maizo's solid 13-point performance.
In the second game, Army pulled through in a fiercely-fought third set to seize control then dominated PLDT Home Telpad in the fourth to fashion out a 15-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15 victory and nail the top spot in the Final Four.
MANILA, Philippines - Air Force and Cagayan Valley clash today in what promises to be a dogfight for the hotly disputed third semifinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Rising Suns swept the Raiders last July 17 on their way to forcing a three-way tie for the lead after the elims but the former’s game took a spin in the quarters, losing all their four games and finding themselves on the brink of missing the Final Four in the conference they ruled via a record 16-game sweep last year.
Dropping to fifth at 6-5 behind No. 3 Air Force (7-4) and No. 4 Ateneo (7-5), Cagayan needs to prevail over Air Force in their 2 p.m. encounter to either advance outright or earn a playoff for the last semis seat in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by MIkasa and Accel.
PLDT Home Telpad held off Cagayan Valley in each of the three sets and carved out a hard-earned 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 victory to clinch the second Final Four berth while further dimming the Suns’ own semis chances in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday.
Ateneo completed its stirring sweep of the quarters, outlasting National U in another five-setter, 26-28, 25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 15-7, to finish with a 7-5 slate and assure itself of a playoff for the last semis berth.
What made the Lady Eagles’ surge amazing was that they won three of their last four games via five sets, underscoring the team’s big fighting heart after a woeful 2-5 stint in the elims.
PLDT HOME Telpad seeks a semifinal spot when it battles struggling Cagayan Valley today even as Ateneo goes for a sweep of the quarterfinal round in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Running second behind Army, the Turbo Boosters gun at 2 p.m. for their eighth win that will pull them level with the Lady Troopers at the top.
More importantly, a victory will assure the Turbo Boosters a seat in the next round, avoiding a complicated scenario that could see four teams tied for the last three semifinal seats.