UAAP Season 81 volleyball: DLS-Z brings girls title back to Alabang
Mark Escarlote on Dec 09, 2018 02:35 PM
De La Salle-Zobel dethroned National University and brought the UAAP Season 81 girls volleyball title back to Alabang.
De La Salle-Zobel brought the crown back to Alabang after completing a Finals series sweep of dethroned National University, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 15-8, Sunday to rule the UAAP Season 81 girls volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Just like in the series opener, the Junior Lady Spikers squandered a two-set lead but made up for their miscues with a strong start in the fifth frame to knock the Bullpups off the throne after a four-year reign.
Season Most Valuable Player Angel Canino fired 19 attacks and had two kill blocks in her 21-point outing while Alleiah Malaluan added 15 points for the Alabang-based squad’s 10th title overall and first since Season 75 during the senior year of Dawn Macandili and Kim Kianna Dy.
“Lahat ng hirap ng mga bata yun talaga ang gusto kong bigyan ng appreciation. Kung hindi naman dahil sa kanila, yung tulong nila, yung sakripisyo nila hindi namin magagawa ito,” said sophomore DLS-Z coach Tina Salak, who herself was a two-time UAAP champion as setter for Far Eastern University in the mid-90s.
The Junior Lady Spikers opened the match on the right foot, taking the first two sets but Bullpups behind the trio of Faith Nisperos, Jimy Jamili and Erin Pangilinan fought back to force another five-set affair.
DLS-Z zapped the energy away from NU with a devastating 8-0 barrage that saw Malauan land three of her four aces in the that telling opening run.
The Bullpups were able to cut their deficit to 9-6 only to see the Junior Lady Spikers take the crown off their heads.
“Super happy (sa championship). Super happy rin po ako sa mga seniors kasi para sa kanila po yun (title), for the seniors po yun,” said second year hitter Canino. “Hindi ko rin po ini-expect na ganito ang lalaruin namin and super happy ako sa kilabasan na laro namin.”
Finals MVP and outgoing captain Justine Nazareno had nine markers while Theo Bonafe got seven for DLS-Z, which will part ways with other graduating players Jewel Encarnacion, Giovannah Macavinta, Alyssa Cruz and Bea Bonafe.
Nisperos finished with 21 points while Jamili and Pangilinan had 16 and 14 markers, respectively, for NU.
Earlier, Canino received the season MVP award to go with her Best 1st Outside Spiker plum in a short ceremony. Malaluan was the Best 2nd Outside Spiker and Best Server winner.
Other awardees were Adamson's May Ann Nique (Best 1st Middle Blocker) and Ayesha Juegos (Best Opposite Spiker), FEU-Diliman's Alexis Miner (Best 2nd Middle Blocker), NU's Camille Lamina (Best Setter) and University of Santo Tomas' Det Pepito (Best Libero).
Meanwhile, the Bullpups inched closer to claiming the boys crown after taking down Far Eastern University-Diliman, 25-19, 22-25, 25-8, 25-13, in their best-of-three series opener.
Game 2 of the Finals is on Wednesday.
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