University of the East relied on comebacks in the second and third sets to secure the bronze medal in the women's division of the 2023 V-League Collegiate Challenge.
The Lady Warriors defeated University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 28-26, 25-23, 25-23, on Wednesday at the Paco Arena in Manila.
The Lady Warriors turned the tide in these sets after trailing by four and three points in the middle portions, with team captain Kizzie Madriaga finding key moments to attack.
Assistant coach Obet Vital expressed, "This is important for the self-esteem of the ladies. Having practiced for just two months, they performed admirably. I observed improvements not only at the individual level but also as a team throughout this V-League season."
Riza Nogales took charge in the middle, contributing 14 points through nine successful attacks and five blocks, while Casiey Dongallo led the scoring with an impressive 22 points. Madriaga ended with 18 excellent sets in addition to her two points.
Shaila Omipon and Mary Rhose Dapol teamed up to lead the Lady Altas with 13 points each, while Charmaine Ocado chipped in with six points.