UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU secures at least a playoff for a semis twice-to-beat advantage

Mark Escarlote on Apr 08, 2018 06:03 PM
DLSU secures playoff for a semis twice-to-beat advantage
De La Salle University secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after sweeping University of Sto. Tomas.

Two-time defending champion De La Salle University secured at least a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after taking down an also-ran but pesky University of Sto. Tomas side, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22, Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Spikers kept a tight grip of the top spot with a 10-2 win-loss record despite a rusty start brought by a long layoff.

Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron led the way for the Taft-based squad, which completed an elims sweep of the Tigresses. 

Dy finished with 12 points anchored on eight spikes and four kill blocks and added six digs while Baron hammered six kills in her nine-point performance for DLSU. Aduke Ogunsanya scored eight while setter Michelle Cobb tallied 33 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, whose last assignments are against Adamson University on Wednesday and Ateneo de Manila University on April 15.

“Well ito 'yung isang sakit ng La Salle eh. Pagka long break, pag balik dito medyo kinakalawang,” said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus. “So ito nga 'yung palagi kong nire-remind 'yung team na pagka ganitong mahabang bakasyon, pagbalik medyo hindi tama, maraming mga unforced error na ginagalaw. Parang hindi magkakakilala sa loob.

“At least, ang importante ay yung result, naka-survive kami ng straight sets, pero medyo close 'yung laro,” he added.

UST, which before the game were already booted out of the semis race picture following National University’s sweep of University of the East in the earlier match, dropped to 4-9 record.

Sisi Rondina registered 23 points on 21 attacks, an ace and a block for the Tigresses while Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini got 10 markers.  

     

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