Lady Spikers sweep Lady Maroons in revenge win
De La Salle University exacted revenge against first round tormentors University of the Philippines.
De La Salle University waited for more than a month to avenge its first round loss against University of the Philippines.
The repeat-seeking Lady Spikers returned the favor Sunday sweeping the Lady Maroons, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17, to solidify their bid to advance in the Final Four of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
After a shaky start, DLSU unleashed its ire on the Lady Maroons spearheaded by Majoy Baron and Kim Dy in the next two frames to move a step closer to a semifinals slot fashioning an 8-2 win-loss record.
Baron, last year's Best Blocker, scored 16 points highlighted by seven attacks, six aces and three kill blocks to lead the Lady Spikers. Dy, Ernestine Tiamzon and Desiree Cheng uncorked 11 markers each.
Dy and Cheng combined for 18 of DLSU's 38 total attack points. The Lady Spikers also punished UP with 11 service aces and built a strong wall at the net for nine kill blocks.
The win served as the Taft-based squad’s answer to its shocking 22-25, 21-25, 19-25, loss to UP, which the Lady Spikers dominated in their previous 16 UAAP head-to-head matches, in the opening round a day after Valentine’s Day.
"Kasi noong first round parang nagulat lang sila sa laro ng UP," said DLSU assistant coach Noel Orcullo. "Nagpadala kasi sila noon sa ginagalaw ng UP na sobrang bilis. Tapos 'yung ginagawa ng UP na ikot-ikot na-distract sila sa ginagawa ng UP. Parang nawala sila sa focus."
"Kaya sabi namin, 'Wag ninyong intindihin 'yun talagang 'yun ang psy war nila sa atin so wag nyo na lang pansinin," he added.
The Lady Spikers wasted an early lead in the opening set and saw the Lady Maroons gather their composure to overhaul a 9-3 deficit. UP engaged DLSU in a see-saw battle before reaching set point, 24-23, after an attack error by Tiamzon.
DLSU saved a set point before Diana Carlos scored on an attack. Dy tied it at 25 as the Lady Spikers scored two more to steal the frame.
It was all-DLSU in the next two sets to close the match in 79 minutes.
UP slid back to 5-5 slate in a tie with Far Eastern University at fifth to sixth spots.
Isa Molde scored 12 points while Carlos got 11 for the Lady Maroons, who lost five of its last six games after starting the season with four straight victories.
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