UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers end skid in scary win
Mark Escarlote on Mar 09, 2019 03:46 PM
Three-time defending champion De La Salle University rediscovered its winning ways after sweeping University of the East.
Three-time defending champion De La Salle University arrested a two-game slide but not after surviving some scary moments against a determined University of the East to eke out a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, win Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Veteran Tin Tiamzon stepped up in the absence of injured Des Cheng, who was nursing a shoulder injury, scoring 10 points with nine coming off kills and five excellent receptions as the Lady Spikers improved to 4-2 win-loss record. Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz showed the way for DLSU with 14 markers built on nine attacks, three aces and two kill blocks while adding 10 digs and a couple of excellent receptions.
DLSU needed to come back from early deficits in the second and third frames to get back on the winning track.
"That wasn’t our A-game but we’re getting there. It’s a process and this season still has a long way to go. Tiyaga lang talaga," said Tiamzon.
After a dominating opening set, the Lady Spikers saw themselves trailing, 1-6, early in the second frame before rallying back to take the advantage, 17-15. UE tied it at 18 before DLSU blasted a 6-0 scoring spurt to move at set point. The Lady Warriors saved to set points before committing a miscue to yield the frame.
UE again opened a 6-3 gap to start the third frame and kept the set close, 18-17. May Luna, who was nursing a swollen left cheek, scored three service aces in the Lady Spikers' five point swing to build a 23-17 lead before sealing the match.
The Lady Warriors dropped to 1-5 slate.
Judith Abil finished with eight points, 13 digs and 18 excellent receptions while Me-Anne Mendrez and Geline Olarve got eight markers each for UE.
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