Lady Maroons stun Lady Bulldogs in three sets
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 03:50 PM
University of the Philippines rookie Isa Molde fueled the Lady Maroons to an easy straight-set win over the National University Lady Bulldogs.
Defense, tenacity and energy were the weapons used by the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons to stun the frustrated National University Lady Bulldogs, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, Wednesday for a share of the third spot in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Rookies Isa Molde and Diana Carlos and the veteran duo of Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola gave the Lady Bulldogs a rough day as the Lady Maroons outclassed the much seasoned NU team to improve to 4-3 win-loss record tied with Far Eastern University in third to fourth spot to end the first round eliminations.
But UP coach Jerry Yee said without taking the credit away from his wards that it was the Lady Bulldogs absence of focus in the game that helped them take the easy win.
"It's more NU than UP, medyo nawala sila. And nilabas nila ang mga veterans nila, that's why," he said.
Watch Yee's post-game interview here:
#UAAPSeason78Volleyball: UP head coach Jerry Yee talks about the Lady Maroons' straight sets win over NUPosted by ABS-CBN Sports on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Molde scored all but one of her 13 points from attacks while Tiamzon had 10 kills in her total of 13 markers for the Lady Maroons. Caslos finished with 12 points while sophomore Marian Buitre had nine. Bersola added six points with three coming off blocks UP's total of seven kill blocks.
The Diliman-based squad snared its second straight win and first back-to-back victories of the season.
NU crashed to its third straight loss and fourth overall against three wins.
Head coach Roger Gorayeb was so frustrated with the Lady Bulldogs that he pulled Jaja Santiago out midway in the second set before fielding the 6-foot-5 middle in the closing stretch of the third frame with the game already out of hand. Myla Pablo and libero Bia General also warmed the bench for a long time in the third frame before seeing quick action in the last stretch of the match.
Jorelle Singh paced the NU with 16 points. Santiago and Pablo combined for seven markers - the lowest of the duo this season.
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