UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU tames NU, shares lead

Mark Escarlote on Mar 10, 2018 06:37 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU tames NU, shares lead
Grand slam-seeking De La Salle University sweeps National University for a share of the lead.

Two-time defending champion De La Salle University frustrated National University as it came back from huge deficits in the first two sets before cruising to a 27-25, 27-25, 25-16, win Saturday to open the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament second round elimination on a high note at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Spikers exacted revenge on their first round tormentors Lady Bulldogs for back-to-back victories and a share of the lead with their victim sporting a 6-2 win-loss slate. 

Kim Kianna Dy finished with 14 points on nine kills, three aces and two kill blocks while Desiree Cheng and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoyt Baron posted 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for DLSU. Michelle Cobb had 27 excellent sets while Tin Tiamzon had an all-around performance with six points, 10 excellent receptions and 10 digs for the Lady Spikers.

"Actually first set medyo tight ang galaw, di relaxed  ang mga players. Sabi ko, 'parang tayo ang nagbibigay ng score sa kalaban,'" said DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus. "Na-relax lang nu'ng third set."     

DLSU went down, 14-21, in the opening set before the Lady Spiker blasted a 9-2 rally capped by reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron’s service ace. NU and DLSU traded errors in the next play that tied it at 24.

The Lady Bulldogs took a second set point advantage but Jaja Santiago committed two of NU’s last three errors to surrender the frame to DLSU.   

The Lady Bulldogs again buried the Lady Spikers to a 17-10 hole only to allow the Taft-based squad to mount a comeback to steal the frame.  

With momentum on their side, the Lady Spikers built a 22-13 lead on their way to completing the sweep.

Santiago was limited to only 13 points while Risa Sato had 11 markers for NU, which dropped its second loss in three outings.

 

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