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Motolite-Ateneo battles struggling Tacloban gals

first_imgDeanna Wong (right) is expected to play a key role for the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNow that Motolite-Ateneo has proven it can deal with powerhouses like the Alyssa Valdez-powered Creamline, it’s not a stretch to tag them heavy favorites against struggling Tacloban when both teams clash on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Eagles established a new league order when they stumped the Cool Smashers in Batangas last week.ADVERTISEMENT Hardly in the championship discussion, Motolite-Ateneo snapped Creamline’s six-game winning run with that rousing victory.“When we got to the court, we knew that we were facing Alyssa, that was our biggest motivation because we knew what she is capable of doing,” said Motolite-Ateneo’s veteran middle blocker Bea de Leon. “We have so much respect for her (Valdez) and that reminded us that we needed to be on our toes all the time,” added De Leon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Lady Eagles dismantled the Cool Smashers, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, in a match which saw Valdez unload 32 points.That’s bad news for a team drifting along this late in the conference like Tacloban, which will try to muster all it can in the 4 p.m. encounter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PetroGazz will try to shake off rust after a three-week rest when it tackles Iriga-Navy in the other game set at 6 p.m.The Angels, highly touted at the start of the conference, are at 4-3 after the first round of eliminations. But they will face the surging Lady Oragons, who are on a two-game winning streak for a 3-7 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chicano at the forefront of local hopefuls aiming high in Asian Elite 5150 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more