UAAP: Ateneo leads women's beach volleyball

August 30, 2011 12:34 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — The Ateneo pair of Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan had to go to the eye of the needle in disposing of Michelle Gumabao and rookie Camille Cruz of De La Salle, 21-19, 19-21, 15-2, to secure their second straight win in UAAP Season 74 women's beach volleyball at the University of the East (UE) sand court in Caloocan.

The Lady Eagles lost their momentum in the face of the Lady Archers’ searing second-set comeback, but were able to regroup in the decider on Valdez’s crisp and vicious attacks.

With Ateneo as early tournament leaders were University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU).

Tigresses Maru Banaticla and Judy Caballejo beat National University’s Mary Grace Diesta and Lucille Bayron, 21-12, 21-16, while Lady Tamaraws Shedd dela Peña and Loryvel Faytaren downed Aia del Mundo and Pau Genido of the University of the Philippines, 21-8, 21-12.

Defending champion Adamson University’s Pau Soriano and Sheila Pineda bounced back also on Sunday with a victory over University of the East’s Jimberly Dawn Dizon and Jessica Paron, 22-20, 17-21, 15-11.

Adamson, UE and UP each tote 1-1 cards, while NU and De La Salle dropped to their second straight setbacks.

In men’s action, FEU (2-0) beat De La Salle (0-2), 21-15, 21-15; UST (2-0) downed UE (1-1), 21-17, 21-19; UP (2-0) stopped NU (0-2), 21-13, 18-21, 15-10; and Adamson (1-1) disposed of Ateneo (0-2), 21-14, 21-14. (PNA)

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