UAAP Season 81: Lady Warriors end four-game slide in revenge win over Lady Bulldogs
Mark Escarlote on Mar 20, 2019 04:05 PM
University of the East exacted revenge on its first round tormentor National University with an emphatic sweep.
University of the East shrugged off a third set meltdown to shackle National University, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, Wednesday and snap a four-game slide to open the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament second round at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Warriors gifted rookie coach Karl Dimaculangan his second victory, which equaled UE’s total number of wins last year under interim mentor Rod Roque. The Lady Warriors improved to 2-6 win-loss record tied with their victim and first round tormentor NU.
“Kailangang-kailangan namin ‘yung panalo talaga, kasi sayang naman, lalo na for the graduating players. Six or seven kasi sila na graduating,” said Dimaculangan. “Ang ano lang namin is kung hindi man kami aabot sa Final Four, ilaban lang sana namin ‘yung rank namin na hindi na kami laging no. 8 for ilang years.”
Mean Mendrez and Judith Abil feasted on the Lady Bulldogs’ uncharacteristic spotty net defense to wreak havoc with their power attacks. NU had also made life easy for the Lady Warriors with their error-filled outing.
Mendrez finished with 19 points with all but one coming off attacks while Abil displayed another all-around performance with 13 points including 12 spikes laced with 29 digs and 21 excellent receptions for UE. Seth Rodriguez posted 12 markers with five coming off kill blocks.
Lai Bendong tallied 32 excellent sets and seven points - six from the service line - for the Lady Warriors, who had 42 attack points and received 39 markers off NU's errors.
The Lady Warriors got their bearing just in time by building a huge cushion in the fourth set after wasting six match point advantages in the third frame to deny the Lady Bulldogs a chance to recover.
UE squandered a 24-18 lead in the third set as they allowed NU to make furious 8-0 rally behind rookies Ivy Lacsina and Princess Robles. Lacsina saved a set point to start the run followed by a Mendrez miscue. Robles scored three straight points before Lacsina sparked her own 3-0 scoring barrage to help the Lady Bulldogs steal the set.
The Lady Bulldogs absorbed their second straight defeat.
Robles scored 13 points, all from kills, and 21 excellent receptions, Lacsina had 11 markers and 19 digs while Roselyn Doria posted 11 for NU. Rookie libero Jennifer Nierva had 28 excellent receptions and 30 digs.
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