Rookies step up for UP's domination of UE
Mark Escarlote on Jan 31, 2016 04:16 PM
Kathy Bersola scored seven points in her return to action after suffering a knee injury last year to help University of the Philippines open their campaign with a rousing victory over University of the East.
The University of the Philippines’ young guns showed the way Sunday in the Lady Maroons’, 25-20, 25-13, 25-21, beating of the University of the East Lady Warriors to open the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the jam-packed The Arena in San Juan.
Aggressive and raring to show what they can bring to the table for the Lady Maroons, head coach Jerry Yee’s new recruits didn’t show any kind of rookie jitters as they connived with seasoned players Kathy Bersola, back after suffering a season-ending left knee injury last year, and Nicole Tiamzon to pummel the Lady Warriors to submission in just 69 minutes.
Justine Dorog, a product of Hope Christian School, and Pampanga recruit Diana Carlos scored nine points each for UP, which dealt UE its 46th straight losses – a string of misfortunes that dated back in the last three games of Season 74. Carlos scored all her points from kills while Tiamzon had seven spikes in her total of nine markers.
Bersola and Marian Buitre chipped in seven points each for the Diliman-based squad.
But head coach Jerry Yee is less than impressed with what his team showed in their opening game. He was particularly worried with his team’s 22 errors.
“Ang dami naming errors. Wala, as could be expected, kasi rookies pa rin ang mga ‘yan and then ang dami-daming tao grabe punung-puno,” said Yee. “Ang assessment ko sa team: error-prone.”
The Lady Maroons uncorked a total of 38 attacks, 11 kills more than the output of the Lady Warriors.
UE showed a sliver of fight in the opening set, exchanging points until midway in the frame before UP found its rhythm to wiggle out of a tight contest and create a 20-15 breathing room. The Lady Maroons reached set point, 24-17, but the Lady Warriors saved three points before eventually yielding the frame.
It was all UP in the second set.
UE saved three match points in the third frame only to see it all crumble with a service error by setter Danna Disquitado.
Shaya Adorador finished with seven points while Judith Abil and reliever Juliet Catindig scored five markers each for the Lady Warriors.
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