Sadly, the championship dreams of the Ateneo Lady Spikers and Blue Batters were dashed on consecutive days.
But if it's any consolation, those squads have already made history. UAAP Season 74 marked the first time Ateneo made it to the finals in baseball and women's volleyball.
Plus, there's no shame in losing to more experienced teams. DLSU was the defending women's volleyball champions. NU was a baseball finalist in Seasons 72 and 73. It only goes to show that while the Lady Spikers and the Blue Batters made giant strides this year, they still have a long way to go before they garner championship gold.
In the meantime they can look to the University's most high-profile team for inspiration. Remember that the Blue Eagles tasted bitter finals defeats before bouncing back and capturing multiple men's basketball crowns. They lost in the finals of UAAP Seasons 64, 66, and 69, then triumphed in Seasons 65, 71, 72, 73, and 74.
Mark my words: the Lady Spikers and the Blue Batters will be champions soon enough. It just wasn't their time yet this year.