BACK-TO-BACK: Lady Spikers reign supreme

BACK-TO-BACK: Lady Spikers reign supreme
De La Salle University swept bitter rival Ateneo de Manila in the Finals series to annex its second straight title and 10th overall.

Back-to-back.

De La Salle University gave graduating setter Kim Fajardo a fitting farewell gift after the Lady Spikers completed a title sweep of archrival Ateneo de Manila, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18,15-10, Saturday in Game 2 of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball best-of-three Finals series at the Big Dome.

Down, 1-2, in the match, the Taft-based squad showed grit in the fourth before pouring it all in the fifth to annex their second straight title and 10th crown overall.  

The Lady Spikers raced to a 6-1 cushion to dictate the tempo of the fifth set. DLSU uncorked another blitz to widen the gap, 10-4, after an attack by Kim Dy.

Ateneo ignited a final push, scoring four straight points before Finals Most Valuable Player Desiree Cheng stopped the bleeding with a hammer followed by a Tin Tiamzon kill for a 12-8 lead. The Lady Spikers was called for a rotation error in the next play but Tiamzon again unleashed a missile.

Ateneo saved a point but reigning Season Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron sent the DLSU at match point before the Lady Eagles surrendered the match when Jho Maraguinot overshot her attack.

Dy unloaded 19 points anchored on 15 attacks, three kill blocks and an ace to lead three other players in double figures for the green and white. Tiamzon scored 16 points while Cheng had 12. Baron finished with 10 for the Lady Spikers.

In her last game for DLSU, three-time Best Setter winner Fajardo dished out 43 excellent sets in the Lady Spikers' 52 attack points and added six markers.         

DLSU pulled off a stunner in the series opener last Tuesday, rallying from a set down to submit Ateneo, 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20.

Michelle Morente had 16 points with 13 coming off kills while Maraguinot and Bea De Leon closed their season with 14 markers each for Ateneo. Kat Tolentino got 10 points for the Lady Eagles, who gave away 33 points off their errors.

Jia Morado tallied 53 excellent sets for Ateneo, which dropped to 2-4 in their six straight Finals head-to-head against DLSU. 

        

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