Nagpi-peak na kami -- Kim Dy on DLSU's winning run
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2017 06:10 PM
Siguro ngayon na kami nagpi-peak. So maganda talaga timing papunta na kami sa semifinals --- Kim Dy
Defending champion De La Salle University is now peaking at the perfect time as the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament approaches the crucial stretch of the elimination round.
The Lady Spikers secured a spot in the Final Four and are on the right track to clinch one of the two semis twice-to-beat advantages.
All thanks to good distribution of points coming from the starters and those off the bench.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus had a chance to test different rotations Saturday when the Taft-based squad whipped University of the East, 25-16, 25-15, 25-9, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan to tie archrival Ateneo de Manila on top of the standings with 9-2 win-loss records.
DLSU’s fourth straight win in the second round after losing in four sets to the Lady Eagles to close the first round of action gave the Lady Spikers their ninth straight Final Four stint.
Top hitter Kim Kianna Dy only had eight points but was happy that her others teammates contributed, making DLSU’s offense more unpredictable.
“So now more distributed ‘yung points namin,” said the fourth year hitter. “That’s a good thing for the team kasi 'di lang isa babantayan, everyone na.”
“Siguro ngayon na kami nagpi-peak,” she added. “So maganda talaga timing papunta na kami sa semifinals.”
With three more games remaining, DLSU could end up at no. 1 spot but Dy said that the squad’s mindset is to focus first on their remaining assignments and from there see where it could take them.
“Di namin masyado iniisip na no. 1 kami, na confident na kami masyado,” she said. “Iniisip lang namin na anything can happen so we have to give 100% every game.”
The Lady Spikers’ next three games are against University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday, Adamson on April 1 before the much-awaited rematch against Ateneo on April 8 at the close of the elims.
“Nandun na confidence namin pero andun pa rin goal to beat them one game at a time,” she said. “’Di namin iniisip na Finals agad kasi 2nd round pa lang kung sino kalaban namin paghahandaan naming.”
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