UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU grabs second win in sweep of UP
Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2018 06:46 PM
Defending back-to-back champion De La Salle University collects second straight win at the expense of University of the Philippines.
Defending back-to-back champion De La Salle University played catch up the whole match but made the biggest comeback in the closing stretch of the third set to repel University of the Philippines and move to a share of the lead Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
Sophomore setter Michelle Cobb played the hero’s role as she landed three straight clutch service aces to steal the third set to complete a 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, win over the stunned Lady Maroons at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Taft-based squad earned its second win in as many outings to join National University at the top spot.
"Sabi ko medyo aggressive UP in terms of floor defense and attack and ganun din sa blocking so hindi madaling mapatayan. So sabi ko kailangan lang ng tyaga and hindi puro power ang gawin so kailangan lang talagang maturity inside the court," said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus.
Cobb scored 10 points highlighted by seven service aces on top of another superb ball dsitribution that had her tallying 32 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who mauled UP with 16 service winners.
Tin Tiamzon and Kim Kianna Dy finished with 13 markers each while Desiree Cheng got 10 markers.
DLSU went into deep trouble in the third frame, going down 21-24. Reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron scored on a quick kill in the next play before Lady Maroons hitter Isa Molde overcooked her attack that pushed the Lady Spikers closer, 23-24.
Cobb then sealed the victory with three consecutive service winners to hand UP its first loss in two games.
The Lady Spikers started out flat in each set, even falling behind 10-17 in the third set before slowly clawing their way back to finish off the Lady Maroons.
Tots Carlos scored 16 of her 19 points off attacks while Molde and Jessma Ramos got 10 and nine markers, respectively, for the Diliman-based squad, which failed to duplicate its win over DLSU in the first round of eliminations last year.
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