UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Lady Eagles forced to submission as La Salle drops 16 aces

Paul Lintag on Mar 03, 2018 08:39 PM
Lady Eagles forced to submission as La Salle drops 16 aces
The most telling stat of Ateneo's struggles with reception of course was the fact that the Lady Eagles gave up 16 aces to the two-time defending UAAP champions over the course of only four sets. More troubling though, is the way Ateneo gave up successive aces the whole game.

It's not going to reflect in the statistics, but the Ateneo Lady Eagles most definitely had trouble with their first ball Saturday against rival La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament.

However, the most telling stat of Ateneo's struggles with reception of course was the fact that the Lady Eagles gave up 16 aces to the two-time defending UAAP champions over the course of only four sets.

More troubling though, is the way Ateneo gave up successive aces the whole game.

Early in the first set, Kianny Dy fired two straight aces for La Salle. In the second set, during a killer 10-0 run for the champs, Des Cheng let go of three straight aces.

During another 10-0 run for the Lady Spikers in set 3, Cheng was good for a new pair of aces.

La Salle parading a group of heavy servers is common knowledge but, Ateneo's struggles with reception was magnified as the Lady Eagles failed to contain the Lady Spikers.

"Kilala naman natin yung La Salle na talagang good servers pero sa tingin ko nahirapan lang talaga dun sa first ball," interim coach Sherwin Meneses said.

"Yung game medyo naging mabilis kasi parang service-receive lang yung nangyari," he added.

With Ateneo ending the first round a 4-3 record and is currently seventh in the league in reception, there's really no other way for the Lady Eagles to solve their first-ball woes but to train. Train hard.

"Unang-una, dapat gusto mo mag-receive," Meneses said.

"Tsaka training, yun lang. Next time siguro makukuha na namin," he added.

 


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