Inspired Lady Spikers on the hunt for a share of the lead
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 07:18 AM
De La Salle University is on the hunt to finish the first round of eliminations on a high note and to tie the defending champion Ateneo de Manila on top of the standings.
University of Sto. Tomas could be in a heap of trouble when the Tigresses take on the sharper than ever De La Salle Lady Spikers at the close of the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament first round eliminations.
The Tigresses need to double their effort on Wednesday to extinguish the fire burning inside a team that is coming off a huge victory that could have triggered the rebirth of the green monster that once ruled the league.
UST and DLSU take center court at the Arena in San Juan in the duel scheduled at 4:00 p.m.
The match will air live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.
DLSU redeemed its lost pride and swag as the Lady Spikers halted the 24-game winning streak of bitter rival Ateneo de Manila, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, Saturday in a rematch of last year’s Finals.
With setter Kim Fajardo posting a career-high 13 points with 16 excellent sets, and with Ara Galang, Majoy Baron, Mika Reyes and Kim Dy contributing, DLSU stunned the Lady Eagles to stop a 6-game head-to-head losing skid to the Katipunan-based squad and in the process improve to 5-1 win-loss slate at second spot.
A win will give the Lady Spikers a share of the lead with Ateneo (6-1) and pull ahead further in the Final Four race.
This is what the Tigresses want to prevent as well as to avoid a two-game losing slump that could add more complications in their drive to return to the semifinals after three years of absence.
UST absorbed a 19-25, 18-25, 25-16, 30-32, beating at the hands of the much younger University of the Philippines Lady Maroons last Sunday, sliding down to seventh place.
Sophomores EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina scored 20 points each to lead the Tigresses but not enough to save UST from falling deeper down the standings with a 2-4 slate.
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