UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers hit second straight victory

Mark Escarlote on Feb 23, 2019 05:44 PM
UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers hit second straight victory
Four-peat-seeking De La Salle University made short work of winless Adamson University .

Three-time defending champion De La Salle University backed its swag with crisp attacking and solid net defense to take down the feisty Adamson University, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, Saturday for a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Veterans Desiree Cheng, Aduke Ogunsanya, May Luna and rookie Jolina Dela Cruz did most of the damage in DLSU’s second straight win that pushed the Lady Spikers on top tied with University of the Philippines with 2-0 win-loss record.

Dela Cruz showed the way for DLSU with 10 points - all from attacks - and 18 digs while Cheng and Ogunsanya scored nine points each. Luna had eight markers and Norielle Ipac added six points for the Taft-based squad, which pounded 43 kills behind Michelle Cobb's superb playmaking. 

Cobb tallied 25 excellent sets for DLSU.

" Di ko rin inaasahan na gagalaw ng maayos ng maayos ang mga bata kasi knowing Adamson very defensive floor defense tapos good passing. Maayos din ang set play nila at mabilis so siguro mas nakakilos lang nga maayos ang mga bata ngayon," said Lady Spikers coach Ramil De Jesus.

The Lady Spikers won its 13th straight victory dating back from the team's seventh game in Season 80. DLSU's last defeat came at the hands of the Lady Falcons last year.   

Adamson kept the opening set close and breathed down the necks of the Lady Spikers, 16-15, before DLSU spew a closing 9-1 blitz to take the opening set. The Lady Falcons gave the Lady Spikers a scare in the second set with Bernadette Flora heating up to cut an 11-17 deficit to only 21-22 before DLSU closed the frame out.

The Lady Spikers dicatated the tempo of the third frame early to close the match in 89 minutes.    

Adamson fell to its second straight defeat in as many outings tied with University of the East. Flora and Joy Dacoron scored nine points each while Chiara Permentilla and Eli Soyud were limited to just six points each for the Lady Falcons, who gave away 29 points off their errors.



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