UP wins third straight, ends 16-game losing streak to DLSU
Mark Escarlote on Feb 15, 2017 06:41 PM
UP snaps a 16-game losing streak against De La Salle in UAAP women's volleyball
University of the Philippines ended a 16-game losing streak against the reigning champion De La Salle University with a shocking, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, win Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Veterans Kathy Bersola, Marian Buitre and Nicole Tiamzon with the help of sophomores Isa Molde and Diana Carlos led the assault of the Lady Maroons to bag their third straight win in as many outings to tie idle National University on top of the standings.
Tiamzon finished with 16 points all coming off kills while Carlos and Buitre had 11 and eight markers, respectively, for the Lady Maroons. Bersola and Molde, who had 14 digs and eight excellent receptions, had six markers each for the Lady Maroons.
UP controlled the tempo of the whole match and kept the repeated rallies of the Lady Maroons at bay. Smelling blood in the third set, UP broke open a tight 16-15 frame with a huge run to build a 22-18 lead.
Tiamzon sent a missile to put the Lady Maroons at match point before Justine Tiu committed an attack error, hitting the net.
The victory was the first of the Diliman-based squad since winning by forfeiture back in January 20, 2008. The Lady Spikers won that game but was forfeited along with all of their second round wins due to the ineligibility of Jacqueline Alarca (academic technicalities).
UP dealt DLSU its first loss in three games. DLSU tied archrival Ateneo de Manila.
The Lady Maroons banked on their intact and more matured core to bully their way into victory against the Lady Spikers, who lost six of their championship core players including Ara Galang, Cyd Demecillo and Mika Reyes.
“Alam kasi ng girls ang capability nila this year. Alam nila na sila ang medyo matured this season dahil sa composition nila,” said UP assistant coach Rald Ricafort, who filled in for the head coach Jerry Yee for the postgame interview.
Yee, overcome by emotions, begged off to grant an interview.
No player on the DLSU side scored in double figures with Majoy Baron and Kianna Kim Dy scoring only nine points each.
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