UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU claims semis twice-to-beat advantage, boots out Adamson
Mark Escarlote on Apr 11, 2018 04:09 PM
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University secured the first Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.
Three-peat-seeking De La Salle University claimed the first Final Four twice-to-beat advantage after showing first round tormentor Adamson University the exit door, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Spikers extended their winning streak to seven straight while locking the top seed in the semifinals with an 11-2 win-loss record. The victory served as a momentum boost heading into the much-anticipated rematch between DLSU and archrival Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday.
DLSU’s win also gave National University a free ride into the Final Four for the first time in three years as the Taft-based squad closed the semis race.
“Well, ang goal namin ay one game at a time, so kung ano 'yung dumating na game sa amin, so paghandaan at saka siyempre goal namin manalo,” said DLSU coach Ramil de Jesus.
Graduating opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy scored 17 points off 13 attacks, three aces and an kill block while adding 10 digs for the Lady Spikers. Desiree Cheng had 13 markers while reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron and May Luna got 11 and nine markers, respectively, for DLSU, which nailed 18 points from the service line. Michelle Cobb tallied 32 excellent sets for the green and white.
After sneaking a third set win in a match that the Lady Spikers controlled in the first two frames, the Lady Falcons gave DLSU a scare in the fourth frame overhauling a 15-12 deficit to take a 17-16 lead.
The Lady Spikers were quick to mount a fightback with six straight points for a 22-17 lead. The Lady Falcons scored on the next play but a net touch error followed by a Dy kill and a service ace by Cheng sealed the victory for DLSU.
The Lady Falcons, who defeated the Lady Spikers in four-sets in the opening round after years of futility, absorbed their fifth loss in 13 games.
Eli Soyud had 17 points for Adamson while Jema Galanza had 12. Rookie transferee Chiara Permentilla saw action after missing four games because of an ankle injury and scored four point for the Lady Falcons, who failed to advance in the semis for the fourth straight year.
Adamson will take on University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday at the close of their eliminations campaign at the Blue Eagle Gym inside Ateneo campus.
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