DLSU turns back UP for second straight victory
Mark Escarlote on Feb 06, 2016 04:19 PM
De La Salle collected its second straight win to climb on top of the standing.
The young University of the Philippines squad showed its moxie and grit against one of the powerhouse teams in the league.
They have the potential to make it big. But for now – at least in the first round of elimination – the more experienced De La Salle University walked away with the win.
The Lady Spikers flaunted its muscles in the fourth set to douse cold water to UP’s scathing fightback after a sluggish start to repel the rookie-laden Lady Maroons, 25-14, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20 Saturday to take the early lead in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
DLSU, fresh from a three-set beating of Far Eastern University, bagged its second straight win in as many outings to climb on top of the standing behind Mary Joy Baron’s career-high performance of 17 points.
The third year middle collected her points from 12 spikes, four blocks and a service ace for the Lady Spikers, which controlled the first two frames including a large 20-7 advantage in the second set before taking a step back in the third as the Diliman-based squad mounted a counterstrike.
"Aggresive ang team na 'yun, hindi mo pwedeng biruin ang team na 'yun," said DLSu coach Ramil de Jesus.
Experience played a big role for DLSU as their seasoned players controlled the net to thwart the attacks of UP hitters while holding their ground on floor defense to frustrate the offense of the Lady Maroons.
Rookie Ernistine Tiamzon and Ara Galang scored 13 markers each while Carol Cerveza and Mika Reyes finished with 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Spikers.
DLSU got nine blocks with 26 digs and 23 excellent receptions to mirror their defensive effort.
Skipper and veteran setter Kim Fajardo had eight points on top of her 41 excellent sets in DLSU's avalanche of 52 attacks.
The Lady Maroons were out of sync in the first two sets, showed resistance in the third frame behind their freshmen Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog before eventually yielding to the Lady Spikers.
“Medyo nagrelax after noong two sets, may hindi na sustain ‘yung galaw, ‘yung offense (at) ‘yung defense so posibleng mangyari ‘yung kapag nagbago ang rhythm ng laro sa loob ng court,” added de Jesus.
UP, which is coming off a straight sets win over University of the East, saved two match points in the fourth frame before Baron sealed the match with a quick kill in the middle.
Molde smashed 13 kills in her total of 15 points while Justine Dorog scored 10 markers for the Lady Maroons. Marian Buitre had eight points, Kathy Bersola finished with six while Carlos got seven for UP.
Nicole Tiamzon was limited to only a single point as head coach Jerry Yee sacrificed her offense to convert the open spiker to a playmaker where she dished out 10 excellent sets.
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