UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU shoots down poor-receiving Ateneo
Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2018 06:44 PM
Defending two-time champion De La Salle University hammered Ateneo de Manila University from the service line in a four-set win.
Defending two-time champion De La Salle University peppered archrival Ateneo de Manila University with 16 service aces the whole match in a bounce back 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, victory Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
Coming off a shocking four-set loss to Adamson University a week ago, the Lady Spikers bared their teeth once again as they drew first blood in their elimination round head-to-head against the Lady Eagles watched by a rocking 18,537 crowd inside the venue.
Desiree Cheng, who nailed three-straight service aces at the close of the second set, Kim Kianna Dy and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron bannered the Taft-based squad’s fifth win in seven outings to tie Far Eastern University at second to third spots.
DLSU put the Lady Eagles’ four-game winning streak to a screeching halt. Ateneo slid to 4-3 card at the close of the first round.
The Lady Spikers pulled away in the fourth after a sorry loss in the third and built a 20-14 lead. The Katipunan-based squad aswered with a 5-1 rallt capped by three straight points to breathe dowm the necks of DLSU, 21-19. Bea De Leon sent her service long in the next play followed by a Tin Tiamzon hit and a block by Kianna Kim Dy on Kat Tolentino for a 24-19 lead.
Cheng gave Ateneo a free point on a service error but Season 79 Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte sent her serve short as DLSU escaped with the win.
Dy finished with a game-high with 21 points on 11 kills, seven kill blocks and three aces while Tiamzon added 13 markers for the Lady Spikers. Cheng got seven of her 11 points from the service line while Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya chipped in with 10 markers each for DLSU, which scored 12 kill blocks.
Setter Michelle Cobb scored six and tallied 22 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers.
The Lady Spikers clawed their way back from an 11-21 deficit in the third set with a scorching run. Down by 10 points, DLSU took advantage of Jho Maraguinot’s service error to mount a telling scoring blitz to knot the set at 21.
Samonte pushed Ateneo back on top but DLSU answered with three straight points to move at match point, 24-22. But the Lady Spikers committed an error before Maraguinot tied it at 24. Maddie Madayag blocked Ogunsanya on the next play before Kat Tolentino put the set away with a crosscourt hit.
Maraguinot scored 13 points, Tolentino finished with 12 while De Leon and Madayag had 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Eagles.
Deanna Wong dished out 36 excellent sets in a lost cause for Ateneo, which dropped its third straight meeting with DLSU since getting swept by their archrivals in the Finals last season.
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