Lady Spikers turn back Tigresses for back-to-back wins

Mark Escarlote on Feb 11, 2017 06:08 PM
Lady Spikers turn back Tigresses for back-to-back  wins
De La Salle wins its second straight game in as many outing to take a piece of the lead with two other teams.

It took Kim Dy a little while to get her game going.

But when the fourth year hitter started to heat up, reigning champion De La Salle University burned University of Sto. Tomas to move on top of the heap tied with University of the Philippines and National University.

The repeat-seeking Lady Spikers silenced the Tigresses, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-22 to improve to 2-0 win-loss record Saturday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Dy was quiet in the first two sets scoring only four points before making it rain in the next two to finish with 16 markers spiked by 11 attacks and five kill blocks for DLSU, which was outspiked by UST, 39-54, but had a total of 10 kill blocks. Ernestine Tiamzon had nine kills in her total of 14 markers while Majoy Baron got 10.

Outgoing setter Kim Fajardo had 39 excellent sets and added eight points with five coming off the Lady Spikers' 10 service aces.  

Smelling blood after breaking a 1-1 match tie with a scorching third quarter outing, the Taft-based squad behind Dy stunned UST with a 14-2 blitz to bury theTigresses. But the Espana-based squad refused to go down easily, pouring five straight points to turn a 9-18 deficit to 14-18 gap before EJ Laure broke their own rally with a service error. Chloe Cortez put the UST faithful on their feet with an attack to inch closer, 20-22.

Dy pushed DLSU at match point, 24-21, with a combination play. Laure's kill saved a match point, 22-24, before Desiree Cheng put the game away with a booming spike that the Tigresses failed to control.

"Nag-relax kami. Sobrang siguto akala nila sa 18 natatapos ang volleyball," said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus. "Alam natin na nag-relax pero makikita mo sa team kung paano sila kumapit kaya happy na rin ako."        

The Lady Spikers will face the Lady Maroons on Wednesday.  

Skipper Cherry Rondina and Laure scored 13 markers each while MAry Dominique Pacres and Ria Meneses had 10 points apiece for the Tigresses, which threw away 32 points off their errors. 

UST dropped to 0-2 slate tied with University of the East and Adamson University.  The Tigresses will take on the Lady Warriors on Wednesday.




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