University of the Philippines brushed off a third set meltdown as the Fighting Maroons bounced back from an opening day setback with a 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, victory over University of the East in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena on Saturday.
Isa Molde redeemed herself from a disappointing season debut last Wednesday by dropping 24 points including 18 off spikes to show the way for the Diliman-based squad, which dropped its opening game against defending champion Ateneo de Manila University in straight sets.
The graduating hitter Molde, who only had nine makers the last time out, was backed by Tots Carlos who registered 15 points built in 12 attacks, two aces and a kill block laced with nine digs for the Fighting Maroons.
“We are happy for the win,” said a very relieved UP coach Godfrey Okumu. “The players fought and it’s a good feeling as oppose to the first game we played. Today we are happy for the win.”
The Fighting Maroons were in full control of the first two sets only to dip in intensity in the third as the Lady Warriors capitalized to keep themselves in the game.
UP regrouped in the next frame as the Fighting Maroons opened a 16-9 separation before completing the win.
“I think on the fourth set we started playing our normal volleyball. We were able to pass well, we were able to serve well and we dominated,” said Okumu. “We are very much in control of the game, we were aggressive and I thank my team for that.”
“Usually the most aggressive team wins and that’s worked for us today everything fell into place our passing, spiking and floor defense which was not there in the third set,” he added.
The Lady Warriors remained winless after two games.
Mean Mendrez’s 21-point effort for UE went down drain with another painful loss. Rookie Ja Lana had 17 markers for the Lady Warriors.
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