Ateneo guest player Jeng Bualee celebrates after a succesfful rally against the UST Lady Spikers during the second game of their best-of-three semifinals match. Photo by John Daniel J. Hirro

16 May 2013, 10:40 p.m. – THE ATENEO de Manila University finished off the
UST Lady Spikers in two games to enter the finals of the
Shakey’s V-League tournament.

UST missed the finals for the first time in 10 years after losing Game 2 of the semifinal encounter versus Ateneo
, 13-25, 25-23, 23-25, 13-25, at the Mall of Asia Arena Thursday evening.

Maika Ortiz led UST with 14 points while Carmela Tunay added 10 markers. Guest player Jeng Bualee led the way for Ateneo with a game-high 22 points.

With the set tied at one apiece, the Lady Spikers held a four-point advantage in the third, 17-13, before Ateneo mounted a 6-0 rally to reclaim the lead, 17-19.

Later in the set, Ortiz moved UST to within one, 23-24, with a through-the-block shot, but Tunay committed a crucial service error in the ensuing possession that handed Ateneo the third-set win and a 2-to-1 set lead.

Following the heart-breaking third set defeat, the Lady Spikers were lackadaisical in the fourth frame as Ateneo cruised to a 13-25.

“They (Lady Spikers) lost heart,” coach Odjie Mamon said. “Mabilis bumigay yung players especially after the third set and we lacked contributions from the other players as well.”

UST will face the loser
of the National University-Adamson University series in a battle for third place. Jose Antonio R. Nisay


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