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5 Things That Made The Second Ateneo-La Salle Matchup More Interesting

The face-off between the “ex” and the “current girlfriend” was just one
by Mei-Lin Lozada | Apr 10, 2016

The much-awaited second clash between rival schools Ateneo and La Salle in UAAP Season 78's women’s volleyball tournament took the full five-set route with the Lady Eagles winning: 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 15-5.

The Lady Eagles' victory in front of 19,266 spectators at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena to gave them the Number One spot at the end of eliminations and avenged their first round three-setter loss to the Lady Spikers.

Despite that lopsided fifth set, the matchup was classic Ateneo-La Salle, with plenty of action throughout—and a handful of subplots that made the game more interesting.


The face off of the “ex” and the “current girlfriend”

The event “Rambolan ng EX at JOWA sa MOA Arena” was created in Facebook days before the game, with 1,900 saying they were going and 6,200 showing interest. The “ex” of course is La Salle middle blocker Mika Reyes...

...and the “jowa” is Ateneo top hitter Alyssa Valdez. Reyes was a former girlfriend of Ateneo basketball star Kiefer Ravena, while Valdez is the rumored current beau.


Girls gone fesity

The expected staredowns and trash talks were lesser than their previous matchup but still there were those from La Salle's Reyes and her Ateneo counterpart Bea de Leon, whose celebration after each point was more than any word could say.

The Battle of the V-ball Minds

Ateneo Thai coach Tai Bundit proved he had more up his sleeve and outcoached 18-year La Salle mentor Ramil de Jesus. While de Jesus was tense and serious on their side of the bench, Bundit was his usual happy self. The third year Lady Eagles mentor danced for every point and uttered his few English words such as "happy" and "heart strong" when his wards were feeling down.


The Battle of the Supporters

Fans from both teams also did not disappoint. Valdez’s fans club, the Alyfinity, paraded a blue wig complete with all the props and banners. They celebrated for each point and cheered for every setback. The supporters of the Lady Spikers also showed up with green balloons and their signature Animo cheer.


The sweet taste of (an Ateneo-La Salle) victory, the god awful taste of defeat

Ateneo avenged its 22-25, 14-25, 18-25, first round loss to La Salle and not only saved its pride but also earned a lot of praises from social media and volleyball geniuses, while the Lady Spikers will have a dose of bashing until they win again on Wednesday against National U.

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Photography by KC Cruz

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