UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons silence Lady Spikers to take share of lead
Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2019 07:43 PM
University of the Philippines put a dent on three-time defending champion De La Salle University's erstwhile unbeaten record.
University of the Philippines snatched its biggest win yet, nicking the three-time defending champion De La Salle University’s erstwhile unbeaten record, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome.
The Lady Maroons returned in the win column to tie their victim at 3-1 win-loss record with a tough showing in the closing stretch of the fifth set.
UP snapped its three-game head-to-head losing slump against the Lady Spikers and put DLSU’s 14-game winning streak since last year to a screeching halt. The Lady Maroons' last victory over the Taft-based squad was in the first round of Season 79.
Isa Molde finished with a game-high 20 points highlighted by 17 kills while Tots Carlos pumped in 19 markers - all from attacks - laced with 17 digs and 18 excellent recpetions for an all-around effort for UP. Marist Layug added 11 points while Ayel Estranero announced her return from a one-game absence due to food poisoning with 38 excellent sets and four points for the Lady Maroons.
“The win today was good but we were struggling as usual,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu.
After letting the fourth set slip away from their hands, the Lady Maroons opened a 4-1 lead in the fifth set. UP built an 11-8 lead only to see the Lady Spikers come back to tie it at 12 off a May Luna attack following the Lady Maroons' set miscue.
Carlos sparked the Lady Maroons' dramatic end of set blitz with a kill, Luna committed an attack error on the next play before Justine Dorog made a heady game-clinching toss at DLSU's undefended back row as the Lady Spikers committed its full defense at the net.
Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz had 19 points including 14 from kills, Aduke Ogunsanya made 13 markers while Luna and Des Cheng finished with 12 points each for DLSU, which committed an atrocious 37 errors.
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