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Ateneo banking on 'unpredictable offense' in finals rematch vs La Salle
Team captain and setter Jia Morado said they have moved on from their painful loss against the De La Salle University Lady Spikers last year and will use an "unpredictable offense" in this season's finals. | philstar.com/ Efigenio Toledo IV
MANILA, Philippines — For the sixth straight year, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles and the De La Salle University Lady Spikers will meet in the finals.
The Lady Eagles punched their sixth-straight finals appearance after drubbing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-22, 25-10, 16-25, 26-24, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday.
This, however will be different since it will no longer feature marquee names such as Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes and Ara Galang.
For Ateneo team captain Jia Morado, their relatively new team is ready for battle.
"I think nakapag-adjust na kami kasi naka-dalawang elimination round na kami tsaka naka isang Final Four game na kami. I think we can play on our own," she said.
Sure, they will miss the services of Valdez, but Morado said their unpredictable offense will be their edge against the defending champions.
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"Of course, mami-miss namin 'yung mga palo ni Ate Ly na ganoon, pero I think 'yung team namin ngayon lahat kayang mag deliver," Morado said.
The fourth year setter added that the impending matchup will not be treated as a grudge match against La Salle, and that they have moved on from losing their crown last year.
"Iba 'yung team last year, iba 'yung team this year. Naka-move on na kami from last year, ito (season) 'yung focus namin," she said.