Woo leads Green Spikers in shooting down the Red Warriors
Mark Escarlote on Feb 03, 2016 01:11 PM
Raymark Woo returned to action with a bang after uncorking 19 points in De La Salle's opening day victory over University of the East.
De La Salle University’s Raymark Woo made his presence felt in his first game back in action after missing last year’s contest because of a knee injury.
The third year outside hitter dropped 19 points to rally the Green Spikers to a 25-18, 28-26, 26-24, victory over the University of the East Red Warriors in the 78th UAAP men's volleyball tournament Wednesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Woo, who skipped last year’s edition due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his left knee, hammered 17 attacks and scored a pair of service aces for DLSU, which joined opening day victors defending champion Ateneo de Manila, Far Eastern University and last year’s runner up National University.
John Arjay Onia registered 14 points while Ralph Calasin had 12 for the Taft-based spikers.
Despite the straight set win, Green Spikers head coach Ronald Dulay admitted that they still have tons of things to improve.
“Itong game na ito ang pinaka-gauge namin na dapat mas aangat pa namin,” said Dulay.
DLSU needed to crawl back in the opening set after a sluggish start.
The Green Spikers even had to save three set points in the second frame against the Red Warriors that lost Samuel Lelic to a dislocated left ankle early in the set.
It was the same story in the third set as UE reached set point, 24-22. Woo powered DLSU back to force a deuce before the Green Spikers wrapped the game with two more points.
“Actually sa first set pa lang medyo slow start na e. Yun nga ang nire-remind namin,” he added. “Siguro first game pa lang kaya medyo naga-adjust pa.”
Freshman Ruvince Abrot, a high school standout for former 11-peat champion Junior Warriors, debuted in the collegiate league with 12 points, all but one coming off kills, while Season 77 Rookie of the Year and team captain Edward Camposano had 11 markers for the Red Warriors, who received another heartbreak after a winless outing last year.
Roniey Adviento finished with seven points while Lelic, who was brought to University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, scored three.
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