Lady Spikers formalize eighth straight semis appearance
Mark Escarlote on Mar 20, 2016 05:28 PM
De La Salle University is back in the Final Four for the eighth straight season.
De La Salle followed bitter rival Ateneo de Manila to a seat in the Final Four with a cakewalk 25-13, 25-11, 25-18, win over Adamson University Lady Falcons in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City Sunday.
The Lady Spikers entered their eighth straight semis stint and shared the top spot once again with the two-time champion Lady Eagles with 9-2 win-loss slate.
DLSU formally eliminated the Lady Falcons in the contention for the last two remaining semifinals seats.
Kim Dy scored 11 points, Ara Galang had nine spikes in her total of 10 markers while playmaker Kim Fajardo dished out 33 excellent sets on top of her 10 points for La Salle. Mika Reyes scored eight.
The Taft-based squad, which hardly felt the loss of Cyd Demecillo to a right knee sprain in the Lady Spikers four-set win over University of the Philippines last Wednesday, extended their winning streak to four and moved a win closer to securing at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat.
Demecillo is ruled out of action for two weeks but was able to attend the game wearing a libero uniform as head coach Ramil De Jesus fielded Carmel Saga as an outside hitter.
With DLSU taking control of the match early, De Jesus had the luxury of using his bench.
Freshman May Luna finished with seven points, playing a relief role in the second set before starting in the third. Starter Majoy Baron had six markers.
"Kailangan kasi (na may exposure and bench) lalo ngayon na may injured akong player. Kailangang mabigyan ko ng confidence ang mga nasa bench," said De Jesus. "Baka pagdating ng araw at anumang oras kailanganin ko sa game."
Adamson, which had an injury scare when sophomore hitter May Roque was stretchered off the court after a bad landing in the third set and hurt her left knee, absorbed their fourth straight loss to bow out of the Final Four race for the second straight year with a 3-8 record.
Roque, who topscored for the Lady Falcons with five points, had her knee wrapped with an ice pack and was able to walk back on their bench.
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