UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU overpowers Ateneo, gives FEU the last semis advantage
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University completed an elimination round sweep of archrival Ateneo de Manila University for the first time in four seasons.
Two-time defending champion De La Salle University completed a sweep of the second round of eliminations after overpowering archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament witnessed by 23,243-strong crowd inside the MOA Arena.
The Lady Spikers collected their eighth straight win for a 12-2 win-loss record heading into the semifinals where the Taft-based squad enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage over National University in their Final Four pairing starting April 22.
The ladies in green and white also gave Far Eastern University the last semis twice-to-beat advantage when the Lady Tams take on the Katipunan-based volleybelles in the Final Four on April 21.
Kim Kianna Dy led the way while Julia Ipac had some quality minutes in DLSU’s first eliminations sweep of the Lady Eagles since Season 76.
DLSU came back from an 8-12 deficit with a blistering rally that put the Lady Spikers on the driver's seat, 19-15. With momentum on their side, DLSU cruised to an easy victory.
The Lady Spikers were comfortably ahead, 24-21, in the opening set but the Lady Eagles fought back behind Jho Maraguinot to tie the frame at 24. Maraguinot sent her service long in the next play before Majoy Baron sealed the set win with a strong hit at the middle.
DLSU was in full control of the second set.
Dy finished with 13 points including 12 attacks, Desiree Cheng got 12 markers with all but one coming off kills including the match-clinching hit while Tin Tiamzon had 11 for the Lady Spikers. Sophomore Michelle Cobb tallied 24 excellent sets and seven points off four kill blocks and three service aces while Ipac had a four-point contribution in two sets of relief role.
“Siguro kasi we're treating every game like it's our last, so siyempre all out na kami,” said Dy. “It's now or never every game. The next game, siyempre yun ang crucial so kailangan double time.”
The Lady Spikers’ victory handed Ateneo its fifth loss in 14 games as the Lady Eagles finished the elims at third spot.
Ateneo closed the elims outside of the top two for the first time in four years.
Kat Tolentino was the only Lady Eagle in double figures with 15 points, Maddie Madayag had eight while Maraguinot had a bad outing with a season-low six points.
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