UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers weather Lady Bulldogs’ bite
Mark Escarlote on Feb 27, 2019 04:08 PM
Three-time defending champion De La Salle University weathered the tough challenge of National University to remain unbeaten in three games.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus warned three-time champion De La Salle University of the young National University’s bite days before their match.
He was right.
The Lady Spikers survived their toughest challenge yet in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with a 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, win over the feisty Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
DLSU weathered NU rookies Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina’s impressive outings to keep a clean 3-0 win-loss slate at solo top spot.
“Unang-una nakita ko ang ganda ng service receive ng NU, solid. Tapos 'yung floor defense nila, although hindi nga lang ganoong karaming options para sa atake, at saka 'yung setter nila, medyo, bago lalo kung matibay yung setter nila, so baka maiba 'yung resulta,” said De Jesus. “So ayun, nakita ko ang strength ng NU.”
“Ano lang kasi, mga service error, mga unforced error, ang daming service error,” rued De Jesus of DLSU’s 14 service errors. “Isa yun sa mga pinagbubuhusna ko ng oras ko tapos maraming unforced error na nanggaling pa sa service.”
Veteran Aduke Ogunsanya played a career-game while May Luna and Des Cheng came up with clutch plays to save the Lady Spikers from disaster against a Lady Bulldogs side who kept the game close despite getting buried by 15 points in the opening frame.
Luna finished with 14 points with all but one coming off kills while Ogunsanya got 13 markers off eight spikes, three kill blocks and two aces for the Taft-based squad.
Cheng scored all of her 12 points on attacks with 11 excellent receptions and 12 digs while rookie Jolina Dela Cruz finished with 12 markers and 16 digs.
The Lady Spikers waxed-hot to start the match, taming the Lady Bulldogs early as DLSU limited NU to only three kills and one kill block in the frame.
Robles, Lacsina and veteran Audrey Paran gave the Lady Spikers a headache in the second frame as the rookie-laden Lady Bulldogs stole the second frame.
NU kept the third set close and even overtook DLSU, 23-22, off Lady Spikers’ Rovie Instrella error. DLSU transferee Lourdes Clemente put the Lady Spikers at set point with an ace following Paran’s service error.
Robles tied it at 24 with a thunderous hit.
After NU committed another error, Robles forced another deuce. Lacsina threw a point away on another miscue before May Luna salvaged the set with a kill.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 1-2 slate.
Robles exploded for 18 points with all but one coming off spikes while adding 18 excellent receptions for NU. Lacsina finished with 16 markers and 18 digs while Paran got 11 markers.
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