Lady Spikers clinch Final Four twice-to-beat advantage
Mark Escarlote on Mar 29, 2017 06:36 PM
De La Salle secured a semifinals twice-to-beat advantage.
Defending champion De La Salle University clinched a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage despite missing veteran hitter Kim Kianna Dy in the third set because of a mild sprain.
The Lady Spikers swept the University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament to extend their winning streak to five and tie archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the top spot with identical 10-2 win-loss records.
DLSU’s victory locked the top two spots in the Final Four and gave the idle Lady Eagles the other semis advantage.
Still, head coach Ramil De Jesus was far from satisfied with his team’s performance.
“(Kailangan) siguro mas maging aggressive pa (ang team) lalo na sa floor defense,” he said. “Kanina medyo masama ang service receive namin at maraming service error.”
Desiree Cheng led the Taft-based squad with 13 points while Dy scored 12 before leaving the game early in the third set. Cheng and Dy combined for 18 attack points.
Dy was escorted back to the Lady Spikers’ dugout after tweaking her left ankle when she landed from a block attempt with DLSU on top, 6-4. She sat out the rest of the match.
Ernestine Tiamzon scored 11 markers while Majoy Baron and Kim Fajardo combined for 13 markers for DLSU. Fajardo had 20 excellent sets.
The Lady Spikers face Adamson on Saturday before the marquee match against Ateneo on April 8 at the close of the elims.
UST dropped to a three-way tie at 7-5 with other Final Four contenders National University and University of the Philippines.
Skipper Cherry Rondina scored 13 points, EJ Laure and Dimdim Pacres finished with 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Tigresses.
UST’s last two assignments are against UP Sunday and NU on April 8 in a crucial stretch that will determine if the Espana-based squad will snap a four-year Final Four drought.
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