Lady Spikers silence Lady Bulldogs for second straight win
The defending champion De La Salle University repeated over National University for its second win in a row.
National University extended the match with a convincing third set win.
De La Salle University made sure the Lady Bulldogs won’t take another set.
The defending champion Lady Spikers built a 14-point gap in the fourth set to extinguish the fight out of NU and walk out of the Big Dome with back-to-back wins after a four-set 25-21, 25-11, 15-25, 25-12 victory in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
DLSU kept a tight hold of the second spot with a 7-2 win-loss record behind league-leading Ateneo de Manila (7-1).
Kim Dy led the Lady Spikers with 17 points anchored on 12 attacks, three aces and a couple of kill blocks while Majoy Baron was a monster at the net with six kill blocks to highlight her 15-point outing. Desiree Chene and Kim Fajardo had six points apiece.
Fajardo dirstributed the DLSU's fluid offense with 41 excellent sets.
The Lady Spikers opened the fourth frame with a 10-1 lead before opening the floodgates for a 24-10 gap.
DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus said they took advantage of NU rotation where 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago started at the back row in the fourth set.
"Siguro ‘yung ano fourth set nakita ko baka, ewan ko, biglang nasa likod si Jaja eh, sa likod nag-start so medyo lumayo kami," he said. "So ang tagal niya sa likod. Ibang diskarte niya (NU coach Roger Gorayeb) ‘yun so nakita ko ang disadvantage ng team nila na nasa likod siya. Kasi ilang rotation ‘yun, 1, 2, 3, bago siya nakaikot sa harap so malayo ‘yun."
The Taft-based squad dealt NU its fourth loss in nine games tied with Far Eastern University.
Jorelle Singh was the only Lady Bulldogs in double figures with 12 points. Santiago was limited to only nine points while Aiko Urdas had seven for NU, which threw away 33 points off its errors.
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