ATENEO’S giant-killers completed an improbable run to a maiden UAAP women’s volleyball championship, beating top seed De La Salle one final time, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21, on Saturday to cap one of the most amazing playoff stories in the league’s history.
Hardly given a chance to win a championship after losing most of its stars from the previous season, the Lady Eagles won their fifth do-or-die game of the playoffS to deny their thrice-to-beat arch-rivals Lady Spikers a record fourth league championship.
Instead, it was underdog Ateneo which ended a dry spell that spanned 36 years while avenging two previous finals setbacks at the hands of a supreme De La Salle team.
It was also a win for the ages.
Fittingly enough, it was league MVP Alyssa Valdez who delivered the coup de grace for the Lady Egles, scoring Ateneo’s last three points including a spike that three Lady Spikers couldn’t keep in play as pandemonium broke loose inside a Mall of Asia Arena that drew a crowd of 21,314 roaring fans.
As confetti rained down from the rafters, there was shock more than joy in the faces of the Lady Eagles when the championship point was delivered as the magnitude of what they had just accomplished sunk in.
Here’s the video of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Season 76 Game 4 Finals :