Madayag performance aids Ateneo’s return to finals
May 09, 2019 - Thursday 5:05 PM by Romeo Braceros
Playing in her final UAAP volleyball season, Davaoeña Maddie Madayag showed focus and determination as she helped the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles return to the finals after eliminating the pesky Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in game two of their semifinal series on Wednesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles prevailed over FEU in four sets (25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14) to qualify for the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament finals against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses.
Madayag, a product of Davao Christian High School, scored 12 points in the do-or-die game to help her team rise over FEU, who battled it out against De La Salle University (DLSU) in the UAAP finals last year.
The best-of-three championship series between Ateneo and UST starts on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Also considered one of the top contenders for the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament’s most valuable player award this year, Madayag asserted her role as the team’s leader and showed maturity to claim a seat in the finals.
The Davaoeña middle blocker made her presence felt on offense and defense to rise over fourth-seeded FEU.
“Last year na rin namin, so it’s nice to be here and be back in the finals,” said Madayag.
Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro was all praises for Madayag saying she played ‘with her heart out’ against FEU.
Aside from Madayag, Kat Tolentino also played big for Ateneo, scoring 19 points off 17 attacks and two blocks as the twice-to-beat Lady Eagles recovered from a one-game deficit in the semifinals.
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