Twitter explodes as Ateneo rises above slow start to stun La Salle

All seemed lost for the Ateneo Lady Eagles early in game 2 of the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Finals,  until they spread their wings and never looked back to stun the De La Salle Lady Spikers in a rousing comeback win.

On the back of the 5-set thriller, the hashtags #BringBackTheGloryAteneo and #BringItHomeDLSU combined for more than half a million tweets Wednesday night.

It’s no surprise to have trending hashtags every time these bitter rivals battle, but the way the game played out didn’t hurt the social media explosion from both the mammoth 20,541-member crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena and the Team Bahay fans who were following the game.

And follow and tweet Team Bahay did, even though they may have not been inside the MOA Arena.

Early in the match, fans couldn’t help but compare the Ateneo-La Salle fight to blockbuster movies, especially given that superhero fight movies are coming out left and right.

Then DLSU built a 2-0 lead via comeback in Set 2 after being down 20-24.

Many thought that could be it…

Then this happened, which may have cause some heart attacks or at least serious palpitations. It only added to the already high tension.

But we imagine volleyball fans gave out a collective sigh of relief when she came back.

From set 3, however, Alyssa Valdez took over and led the stunning comeback from being on the brink of losing it all.

And this might be the best rebuttal to the earlier tweet when DLSU was up 2 sets to none.

Even former Lady Eagles showed support online.

Come Saturday, it will be a rubber match, sudden death, winner-take-all, win-or-go-home –  whatever fans may want to call it. Or maybe, it’s a watch at home game? This is the downside of the most anticipated Game 3.

— By John Bryan Ulanday