UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU secures at least a Final Four berth playoff
Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2018 07:09 PM
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University secured at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in a five-set win over Far Eastern University.
Grand slam-seeking De La Salle University survived an upset scare from a feisty Far Eastern University side, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5, Sunday to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Spikers opened the deciding set with five straight points to set the tone for an anticlimactic wind up that pushed DLSU’s record to 8-2.
FEU gave DLSU a scare as they it cut its deficit in the fifth frame, 4-7. But proved to be the Lady Tamaraws last hurrah as the Taft-based squad blasted a closing 8-1 blitz bannered by veterans Kim Kianna Dy, Desiree Cheng and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron.
“Actually nu’ng second and third sets, sila rin yung nawala eh,” said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus of his veterans. “Kaya sabi ko walang magbubuhat nitong team kung lahat tayo mahihirapan sa adjustments ng FEU.”
“So nu’ng dumating yung fourth and fifth, sabi ko dapat naka-adjust na tayo kasi nagawa na nila, nakita na natin kung ano ‘yung ginawa nu’ng second and third. So dapat adjusted na tayo nu’ng fourth at fifth,” he added.
De Jesus’ wards responded with a dominating performance in the deciding frame.
“Kasi yung fifth set, kung sino yung kapitan ng momentum, yun (mananalo), tapos yung confidence makukuha mo. Good thing sa side namin napunta,” the mentor said.
Dy and Baron scored 18 points each while Cheng had 10 markers, 16 digs and 10 excellent receptions for the Taft-based squad. Tin Tiamzon had nine markers, sophomore setter Michelle Cobb tallied 35 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who landed 11 service aces.
FEU, which gave away 35 points off errors, slid to 6-4 record at solo fourth spot.
Bernadeth Pons scored 16 points, Toni Rose Basas had 12 while Celine Domingo and Czarina Carandang posted 11 markers each for the Lady Tamaraws.
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