UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU downs FEU in five sets for share of lead
Grand slam-seeking De La Salle University outlasted Far Eastern University to move back to a share of the lead.
Defending back-to-back champion De La Salle University preserved its unbeaten record and moved up to a share of the lead in the 80th UAAP women’ volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Spikers earned their third straight win in as many outings with a 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, escape over Far Eastern University Wednesday to tie National University at the top spot.
Kim Kianna Dy scored 18 points with 15 coming off attacks while skipper Majoy Baron blasted 14 kills in her 16-point performance for the Taft-based squad.
Aduke Ogunsanya had 11 points while Desiree Cheng submitted 10 markers and 13 excellent receptions for the Lady Spikers. Sophomore setter Michelle Cobb picked up from where she left off with another stellar performance, tallying 49 excellent sets.
DLSU squandered a two-set lead and a match point advantage in the third frame, but recovered just in time to keep its record unblemished.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t hide his disappointment with his wards third set showing.
“Yun naman ang lagi kong sinasabi ko sa mga bata, na hindi porke't nakakuha tayo ng two sets, yung third set, yun ang sakit natin eh,” he said. “Sabi ko nga yung 24 points napakadaling kunin, pero yung one point napakahirap. Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila 'yun.”
The Lady Spikers broke a 5-5 fifth set deadlock with a closing 10-2 scoring blitz in a run that saw FEU commit crucial errors before Desiree Cheng pounded the match-clinching kill off a combination play to hand the Lady Tamaraws' second straight defeat.
DLSU was ahead, 24-22, in the third and had the chance to make it a quick win but a wide cross by Kim Dy followed by her another attack that was turned by FEU to a block kill tied the frame at 24. Ogunsanya's spike was denied by the Lady Tams before Bernadeth Pons extended the match with an off speed attack.
FEU controlled the fourth set but faded midway of the fifth to drop to 1-2 slate tied with University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University.
Pons finished with a game-high 21 points, all but one coming off kills, while putting up 22 digs for the Morayta-based squad. Celine Domingo scored 12 while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Tams, who gave away 46 points off errors.
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