Lady Maroons prevail over Lady Warriors, share lead
Mark Escarlote on Feb 11, 2017 03:37 PM
Diana Carlos leads University of the Philippines to its second straight win.
University of the East made University of the Philippines work for every point.
The final score was a bit deceiving.
The Lady Maroons took their second win in a row in straight sets, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, Saturday but had to fight off the clingy Lady Warriors until the end for a share of the lead in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Diana Carlos and veterans Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola carried the Diliman-based squad to improve to 2-0 win-loss record tied with idle National University.
"'Yun ang hinahanap ng mga coaches eh, medyo pressure ng konti and nag-respond 'yung mga bata so very happy," said UP coach Jerry Yee.
Carlos pounded the defense of UE with 15 kills and had three kill blocks for 18 points while Marian Buitre and Tiamzon finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, who outgunned the Lady Warriors 42-18 in kills. Bersola had eight markers
UP, which controlled the opening frame, had quite a scare in the second set after trailing 20-23 off an error by Isa Molde. Diana Carlos sparked the comeback with back-to-back hits to tie the frame at 23 after UE’s Judith Abil overcooked her service. Molde again committed an attack miscue to put the Lady Warriors at set point.
But Carlos scored two hits to push UP on top 25-24 before Marian Buitre scored on a well-time kill block on UE skipper Shaya Adorador’s spike attempt.
It was again a tough start for the Lady Maroons going down 0-4 in the third frame before making a good scoring blitz midway in the set to create a separation but the pesky Lady Warriors came back to close the gap before UP could finally shake off their Recto-based rivals.
UE dropped to 0-2 slate but played solid in front of the net with 14 kill blocks .
Skipper Shaya Adorador and Mary Anne Mendrez had eight points each while Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez combined for 14 points for the Lady Warriors.
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