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Lady Eagles take bronze in ASEAN University Games

The Ateneo Lady Eagles
By Ivan Saldajeno

Ateneo ended its women's volleyball stint in the ASEAN University Games in Palembang, Indonesia on a high note after sweeping Malaysia, 25-11, 25-11, 25-15, to capture the bronze medal, the first time a Philippine volleyball squad finished at the podium since the 2005 SEA Games.

Alyssa Valdez led the Lady Eagles' charge against the Malaysians, who they earlier beat in the preliminaries, with 16 points, while Ella De Jesus added 14.

Rookie Bea De Leon also made impressions as she tallied nine markers highlighted by two blocks.

The Team UAAP-Philippines now grabbed four golds, four silvers, and five bronzes midway into the ASEAN University Games, good for fifth place in the medal tally.

The other 12 medals came from taekwondo, finishing second to Thailand in the medal overhaul in the said discipline.

The Thais currently lead the overall medal tally with 18 golds, seven silvers, and seven bronzes.

Host country Indonesia is in second with a 14-21-8 medal count, while Malaysia is in third with an 8-8-10 medal count.

Laos makes a surprise splash as it is in fourth with four golds, five silvers, and nine bronzes.