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Fighting Maroons Triumphant: Bustrillo Leads UP to Season-Opening Win

The UP Fighting Maroons finally earned their first win in the UAAP Season 86 women's volleyball tournament. They defeated the UE Lady Warriors with scores of 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, and 25-17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 17th.


This victory marked the end of a 17-game losing streak for UP that stretched back to the previous season. It also delivered a much-needed win for new head coach Oliver Almadro.


However, the win held a deeper significance for the team. They dedicated it to their grieving teammate, Niña Ytang, a starting middle blocker who missed the game due to her mother's passing.


Ytang was the Second Best Middle Blocker last year and her absence was felt on the court. The win served as a form of consolation for her during this difficult time.


The Fighting Maroons also extended their dedication to UP's sports psychologist, Mona Adviento, who recently passed away. Adviento had a close relationship with the volleyball team.


Coach Almadro expressed his gratitude to his players for their perseverance and the unwavering support from the UP community. He highlighted the importance of these factors in achieving victory within the competitive UAAP league.


Almadro also spoke about the team's white sleeve patches, signifying their tribute to both Adviento and Ytang. He dedicated the win to their memory, with Ytang even though she wasn't physically present.


The game saw Steph Bustrillo leading the UP offense with 24 points. Four other teammates joined her in scoring double digits, showcasing a well-rounded performance.


Rookie player Pling Baclay stepped up impressively in Ytang's absence. Notably, seven of her ten points came from blocks, demonstrating her defensive contribution.


Both Bustrillo and Baclay expressed their desire to make their coaches and teammates proud with this win. Bustrillo emphasized the team's improved communication and mental toughness, aspects that were lacking earlier in the season.


Baclay acknowledged the trust placed in her by Coach Almadro and her determination to fill the void left by Ytang's absence. This win marked a turning point for the UP Fighting Maroons, signifying their potential and resilience.

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