Thursday, February 23, 2012

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo Lady Spikers And Blue Batters Post Back-To-Back Wins

Ateneo sports has had a two-day stretch for the ages.

Yesterday the Lady Spikers, who are in the Finals for the first time ever, beat archrival and defending champion DLSU:
Ateneo halts La Salle run in UAAP volley finals
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo finally figured out a way to stop La Salle’s formidable attack and put the UAAP women’s volleyball finals on equal terms.

The Lady Eagles rallied past the erstwhile unbeaten Lady Archers, 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, Wednesday to reduce the finals into a race-to-two affair at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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With the upset win the Lady Spikers snapped a handful of streaks: their two-game losing skein to La Salle this season; the 9-game losing streak to the same team dating back to UAAP Season 71; DLSU's 14-game unbeaten run this season; and La Salle's 25 straight wins since January 2011. Although the Season 74 championship is far from being won, the Lady Spikers have made a god bleed, as it were, and shattered their opponents' aura of invincibility.

Then this morning the Ateneo Blue Batters, who are also in a Finals series for the first time, struck too:
Laurel blast moves Ateneo closer to 1st UAAP baseball crown
GMA News Online

Matt Laurel's three-run homerun in the first inning powered Ateneo to an 11-4 rout of National University in the opener of their best-of-three UAAP baseball finals series Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

That three-run blast, plus another three-run eighth inning and the Blue Eagles' steady pitching moved the Katipunan-based squad of clinching their first UAAP baseball crown. Game Two is at 9 a.m. on Sunday (February 26).

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Here's hoping this weekend will be just as good to both squads.

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