UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU welcomes new challenge after seven years
Mark Escarlote on Apr 22, 2018 09:07 PM
Ano ba... I think it's gonna be the same. Well iba lang 'yung aura pag Ateneo-La Salle. Siyempre, andoon 'yung school rivalry. Pero I think FEU will also bring their crowd, so we'll never know -- DLSU hitter Kim Kianna Dy
Defending two-time champion De La Salle University for the first time in seven years won’t be facing its bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University ifor the crown.
But graduating players Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili know that Far Eastern University will bring the same intensity and challenge in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Finals.
The Lady Spikers advanced in the championship round for the 10th straight season Sunday after sweeping National University, 27-25, 25-22, 25-11, in the Final Four at the MOA Arena.
The victory set up the first DLSU-FEU Finals showdown since Season 71 which the Lady Spikers won in three games to dethrone the Lady Tamaraws.
FEU defeated the Lady Eagles in four sets Saturday to snap the six-year Finals trend between DLSU and Ateneo.
Still, Dy braces for another tough grind in the best-of-three Finals starting on April 28 at the Big Dome.
“Ano ba... I think it's gonna be the same. Well iba lang 'yung aura pag Ateneo-La Salle. Siyempre, andoon 'yung school rivalry,” said Dy. “Pero I think FEU will also bring their crowd, so we'll never know.”
DLSU swept FEU in the elimination round but needed five sets to dispose the Lady Tams both times.
A fact well-known to libero Macandili, who will need to step up once again manning the floor with the Lady Tams banking on their top hitters Bernadeth Pons and Toni Basas.
“Siguro challenge din kasi siyempre first round, second round, hindi biro 'yung five sets,” said Macandili.
But the libero knows that they will have a huge advantage in experience considering that this will be FEU’s first Finals stint in nine years.
“Feeling ko naman may advantage kami kasi may experience nga kami, lagi kaming nasa Finals,” she said. “Tiwala naman ako sa teammates ko and sa coaches na mabibigay namin 'yung best namin.”
Still, DLSU holds high respect to the Lady Tams’ volleyball program, the league’s winningest with 29 titles, and is wary of the thirst of the Morayta-based squad for the crown.
“For me, since sila nga 'yung andyan sa Finals, ibig sabihin deserve nila na andoon sila,” said skipper Baron. “Sila talaga 'yung ka-match na magiging exciting 'yung Finals.”
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