UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Inako lang namin ang responsibility -- Baron
Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2018 04:28 PM
Siguro inako lang namin ‘yung responsibility na kailangan fifth set, nandun na yung character namin -- Majoy Baron
Just as expected, the veterans of De La Salle University stepped up when needed the most.
With the game on the line, graduating players Kim Kianna Dy and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron delivered the much-needed points while providing leadership to steer the Lady Spikers on the right track as they downed an equally dangerous team Far Eastern University Sunday.
Dy and Baron scored 18 points each in DLSU’s 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5, escape over the Lady Tamaraws 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.
“Siguro inako lang namin ‘yung responsibility na kailangan fifth set, nandun na yung character namin,” said fifth year middle blocker Baron.
After the Lady Spikers clawed their way back from a 1-2 deficit, the Taft-based squad opened with a 5-0 lead in the fifth frame.
FEU gave DLSU a scare when it narrowed the gap to 4-7 before Dy, Baron and Desiree Cheng took the lead in the Lady Spikers' closing 8-1 scoring spurt to reassert their mastery over the Morayta-based squad.
“Well ‘yung mindset namin coming inside the fifth set is dapat mauna kami,” said Dy. “Kasi ‘yun nga, FEU is very aggressive so pag dikit, mahihirapan kami. So game plan talaga namin is unahan sila.”
Head coach Ramil de Jesus also lauded his veteran duo for responding to the challenge of carrying the team at crunch time.
“Actually nu’ng second and third sets, sila rin yung nawala eh,” said De Jesus. “Kaya sabi ko walang magbubuhat nitong team kung lahat tayo mahihirapan sa adjustments ng FEU.”
Still, Baron was quick to deflect all the credit for the win, saying that it was team effort that brought them to their eighth win in 10 outings.
“Nakita naman na ‘yung teammates ko nag-effort and teamwork talaga ‘yung nangyari,” she said.
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