UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL: Mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade -- De Jesus on DLSU's opening day win

Mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade -- De Jesus on win
So sa ngayon, mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade kasi nanalo although makikita mo naman ‘yung character pagdating ng fifth set, ‘yun ‘yung mas maganda -- Ramil De Jesus on DLSU's composure in win over UST

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like the way the grand slam-seeking Lady Spikers took their opening day win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday.

The multi-titled mentor gave his squad a passing grade for his players’ composure at crunch time as the Lady Spikers outlasted University of Sto. Tomas and Sisi Rondina’s monster offensive outing in a 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, win at the MOA Arena.    

“So sa ngayon, mabibigyan ko siguro ng passing grade kasi nanalo although makikita mo naman ‘yung character pagdating ng fifth set, ‘yun ‘yung mas maganda,” he said.

The Taft-based squad receive a beating in the fourth set, trailing behind by as much as 6-16 that the DLSU failed to overhaul.

But the battle-tested squad behind reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron bared their teeth as they repelled the gutsy Tigresses to spoil the 28-point outing of Rondina.   

Baron, who had 19 points, showed her leadership in the fifth leading DLSU to victory. 

“Siguro ‘yung sinasabi lang sa akin ni coach na kapag yung mga kasama ko nawawala na, kailangan nako-compose pa rin ako,” she said. “So ‘yun lang siguro yung inisip ko and nahawa na rin siguro yung mga kasama ko.”

DLSU raced to a 5-0 lead capped by sophomore setter Michelle Cobb’s back-to-back aces.

The Tigresses, behind battalion of fans cheering them on, mounted a rally to close the gap, 6-5. DLSU built a 10-6 cushion only to see UST score two straight points to inch closer, 10-8, on a Rondina kill.       

UST committed three straight errors that gave DLSU some breathing space, 13-8. Tin Tiamzon pounded a kill to put the Lady Spikers at match point before Cobb sealed the victory with a block on Rondina.

The Lady Spikers will take on University of the Philippines on February 10.

 

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