Tried and tested method key to La Salle's championship

Paul Lintag on Apr 30, 2016 08:59 PM
Tried and tested method key to La Salle's championship
Finals Most Valuable Player Kim Dy, according to ABS-CBN Sports+Action analyst Doc Ian Laurel played the key role in De La Salle's latest title.

After the initial storm provided by three-time Most Valuable Player in the opening set, the De La Salle University Lady Spikers basically played flawless volleyball on their way to winning a ninth UAAP title.

In the eyes of Doctor Ian Laurel, who worked the game as an analyst for ABS-CBN Sports+Action during the historic game 3 of the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball finals, a number of factors led the La Salle's win after Ateneo totally dominated set 1.

And like that famous phrase every time championships are decided in sports, it all started with defense.

"Come the second and third set I think their strengths came out," Laurel told ABS-CBN Sports talking about the Lady Spikers. "Number one they minimized their errors, napaka-importante nun. Plus they controlled the blocking, Alyssa Valdez was shackled especially in that fourth set."

"Floor defense came into play na yun naman ang naging strength ng Ateneo nung game 2 win nila," he added.

Laurel also singled out a particular player for La Salle that got them the win.

And that was Finals MVP Kim Dy who according to Laurel played "a monster game."

Another important key for La Salle per Laurel was the fact that the Lady Spikers were able to weather the storm and not succumb to the hype of a game 3 in the UAAP Finals.

"More than anything you have to pace yourselves. You have to know when to step back, pull back and you have to know when to throw those punches," he said. "I think La Salle was the better team in terms of doing that."

The former UAAP best setter for UST likewise praised the game of Kim Fajardo, who once again masterfully led the La Salle offense for the last time this season.

"Wow that was a very, very good game from Kim Fajardo. Hindi siya na-rattle this time na kahit yung ibang players niya na-block, binigyan ng variation yung play," he said.

"Nakita niya na si Kim Dy yung mainit so I think 70-80 percent of the sets were going to Kim Dy. That is what a good setter does, knowing who's hot at the moment, giving them most of the sets and rely on percentages," Laurel added.


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