DLSU ends skid in telling 5th set rally to shock UP

Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2016 12:26 PM
DLSU ends skid in telling 5th set rally to shock UP
De La Salle and University of the Philippines battle in a joust.

De La Salle squandered a two-set lead before pulling off a hard-fought 27-25, 25-21, 18-25, 23-25, 15-11 victory to end a six-game slump at the expense of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Saturday. 

Raymark Woo and John Onia came up with the biggest contributions to give the Green Spikers their second win in eight games for good start of the 78th UAAP men's volleyball tournament second round eliminations at The Arena in San Juan.

The duo fueled the green-clad squad’s rousing 12-1 rally from a 3-10 deficit in the deciding frame to turn the tides around and shock the Maroons. 

Woo, who after the first seven games end up in second place in scoring behind Ateneo de Manila's Marck Espejo, smashed 23 kills as he registered 27 points. The skipper, who sat out last year's contest due to a knee injury, had three of DLSU's total of 12 kill blocks and a service ace to go with seven excellent digs in a showcase of versatility for the Ronald Dulay-mentored squad. 

Onia finished with 14 points while Geraint Bacon had nine for the Taft-based team. Geul Asia dished out 26 excellent sets in the Green Spikers' total of 58 powerful attacks.

The win halted DLSU's string of misfortunes, including a four-set defeat against UP in the first round, after opening the league with a straight sets win over University of the East. 

The Maroons dropped to 4-4 record despite having four players in double figures.

Wendel Miguel scored all but one of his 16 points from spikes while Alfred Valbuena and John Millete finished with 15 markers each for the Diliman-based squad. Gian San Pascual closed the match with 10. 




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