UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU climbs to solo top spot in quick work of UP
Mark Escarlote on Mar 14, 2018 03:38 PM
Grand slam-seeking De La Salle University swept University of the Philippines to take the solo top spot.
Defending champion De La Salle University took advantage of University of the Philippines’ service reception woes to carve out an easy 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, win Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The grand slam-seeking Lady Spikers took the solo lead with a 7-2 win-loss record and inched closer to securing a spot in the Final Four.
Just like in their sweep of the Lady Maroons in the first round, Desiree Cheng, setter Michelle Cobb and Kim Kianna Dy punished UP from the service line while Aduke Ogunsanya, Tin Tiamzon and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron provided support in the Taft-based squad's third straight win.
DLSU landed 15 service aces with Dy nailing five while Cheng had four. Dy and Cheng finished with 14 points each for the Lady Spikers.
Cheng had 10 attacks and tallied 10 excellent receptions while Dy posted four kill blocks and five spikes for DLSU. Tiamzon finished with nine points, Ogunsanya had eight markers including the match-clinching kill while Baron had six markers for the Lady Spikers.
Cobb, who scored the last three points of DLSU in their sweep of UP from the service line in their first meeting, tallied 30 excellent sets with had three points - all from aces.
DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus was all praises for his wards.
“Siguro 'yung naging organized ang blocking namin and ang floor defense medyo nag-work,” he said. “At the same time maganda ang naging services ng team.”
The Lady Maroons went off to a good start in the third set after yielding the first two frames, taking am 8-5 lead only to see the Lady Spikers enter the second technical timeout with a 16-13 lead. UP closed the gap, 18-17, but a net touch call on Tots Carlos sparked DLSU's closing 7-2 spurt to en the 79-minute duel.
UP dropped to 3-6 mark.
Carlos had 16 points while Isa Molde got 10 markers for the Lady Maroons, who gave away 21 points off errors.
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