MANILA---Alyssa Valdez rammed in a career-high 27 points to lift Ateneo to a five-set win over Lyceum, 25-19, 24-26, 17-25, 25-19, 15-6, yesterday in the Shakey’s V-League.
Fille Cainglet, Thai import Kesinee Lithawat and Dzi Gervacio also stepped up as the Lady Eagles seized the Group A lead with their second victory at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
“We lacked focus, but I’m glad the girls were resilient in the fourth and fifth set,” said new coach Charo Soriano, Ateneo’s former team star.
The Lady Pirates, who blew a 2-1 set lead, fell to a share of second with idle Southwestern University at 1-1.
Earlier, University of St. La Salle, with Patty Orendain leading the offense, coasted to a straight-set 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 triumph over National University.
Orendain, held to just nine in the Lady Stingers’ Thursday loss to Adamson, regained her form with 16 kills to lead the Bacolod-based squad to its second win in three Group B matches.
Valdez scored on 25 attacks, the last coming on match point to cap her finest game yet against the error-prone Lady Pirates.
“We just train hard and apply everything we do in practice,” said Valdez, who joined Ateneo after starring in the UAAP juniors with the University of Santo Tomas high school.
The Lady Bulldogs, who fell to 1-2, had no player in double figures and also trailed in points on spikes (27-38) and service aces (2-12).