UAAP Season 81: DLSU stakes unbeaten slate, hold of solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Feb 27, 2019 06:44 AM
Three-time defending champion De La Salle University shoots for its third straight win and tighten its grip of the solo lead.
Undefeated three-time defending champion De La Salle University is not taking the young and undermanned National University lightly in their UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday.
The Lady Spikers may have easily taken down experienced teams in archrival Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University but head coach Ramil De Jesus remains wary that even the rookie-laden Lady Bulldogs, if not taken seriously, could give a lethal bite.
“Actually nu’ng first game nila maganda ang ipinapakita nila, nadisgrasya lang ‘yung setter. Maganda ang communication nila sa loob ng court, in-expect ko nga na today (Saturday) magi-give up sila pero hindi mas solid pa ang galaw,” said De Jesus, whose squad marches into battle at 2:00 p.m. hoping to add NU to their list of victims.
“Kailangan talagang paghandaan namin,” he added. “‘Wag pakompiyansa ng husto kasi hindi rin madaling kalaban ang NU.”
The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.
DLSU parades a pristine 2-0 win-loss record at solo lead and is coming off a straight sets drubbing of the Lady Falcons behind the solid outings of Des Cheng, May Luna, Aduke Ogunsanya and rookie Jolina Dela Cruz.
On the other hand, NU recovered from an opening day setback with an emphatic straight sets win over the favored University of the East last Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs played with only 10 available players after rookie setter Joyme Cagande got sidelined by a left knee injury she suffered in their debut against Far Eastern University.
Despite losing its main setter, NU bared its teeth to stun the Lady Warriors behind freshmen Ivy Lacsina, Princess Robles and converted playmaker Joni Chavez.
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