DLSU survives FEU's upset scare
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2016 06:33 PM
De La Salle survived a gritty Far Eastern University side to get back in the win column.
Far Eastern University gave De La Salle a scare after erasing a two-set deficit.
The Lady Spikers kept their composure in the fifth set to stave off an upset attempt by the Lady Tamaraws, 25-14, 25-9, 22-25, 19-25, 15-7, to return in the win column on Saturday to open the 78th UAAP women's volleyball tournament second round eliminations at The Arena in San Juan.
DLSU dominated the first two sets, showing that they meant business after suffering an embarassment to end the first round five days ago. However, the Lady Tams didn't go down without a fight and behind the efforts of Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas clawed their back to tie the match.
"'Yung first two sets medyo hindi sila naka-receive e medyo nasira ang defense nila kasi most of the time nasa amin 'yung attack. Nitong third and fourth na-dominate naman kami sa attack kami naman ang hindi makapasa and at the same time hindi maka-block. Nagpalit ng momentum then nagtuluy-tuloy," said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus.
Watch the post-game interview here:
#UAAPSeason78Volleyball: DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus' post-game interview after the Lady Spikers' 5-set escape over FEUPosted by ABS-CBN Sports on Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Lady Spikers built an early 8-2 lead to take the fight out of the Lady Tams. Ernestine Tiamzon smashed the match clinching hit from the corner for DLSU.
Four DLSU players finished in double figures led by Kim Dy's 14 points despite sitting out the whole fifth set as De Jesus opted to field Carol Cerveza, who scored all her two points in the deciding frame. Ara Galang and Majoy Baron scored 14 markers each for the Taft-based squad while Cyd Demecillo had 12 points on top of her 12 excellent digs.
DLSU bounced back from a straight set loss to University of Sto. Tomas to end the first round last Wednesday to improve to 6-2 win-loss slate and duplicated their mastery over FEU, 29-27, 25-23, 25-20, in their first meeting.
The Lady Tams fell to 4-4 slate tied with UST.
Pons had 23 points with 20 coming off attacks while Basas scored 14. Skipper Remy Palma chipped in 11 in a lost cause for FEU.
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