UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers rediscover winning ways

Mark Escarlote on Mar 27, 2019 05:26 PM
UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers rediscover winning ways
Defending three-time champion De La Salle University returned in the win column with a quick work of National University.

Defending three-time champion De La Salle University rebounded mightily from a stinging loss with an emphatic sweep of rookie-laden National University, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, Wednesday for a share of the second spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Spikers buckled down to business right from the opening serve to come away with a morale-boosting win after bowing down to University of the Philippines in straight sets four days ago. DLSU improved to 6-3 win-loss record for a share of the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas.

"Last Sunday kasi yun ang pinakamabigat na loss namin so today sabi ko sa kanila, 'Wa nyo isipin na mahina ang team.' Yun lang ang sinabi ko sa kanila last Sunday na, 'Wag nyo isipin na mahina ang team. Sa bawat komposisyon ng team may iba't ibang strength. Iba ang strength nyo iba ang strength ng last year. Kailangan nating maniwala sa team, maniwala sa sarili natin. Hindi kalaban ang magpapanalo sa atin. Tayo ang kailangang gumalaw para manalo. Tayo ang maghirap para manalo.' So nag-work naman ang game plan today," said DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus, whose squad came off a straight sets loss to the Lady Maroons in a match that saw the Lady Spikers commit 37 errors including 17 from the service line.   

DLSU committed only 10 errors this time with just four service miscues.

Graduating hitter Des Cheng scored 17 points off 14 attacks, two aces and a kill block to lead the Lady Spikers. Tin Tiamzon had 11 markers from seven spikes, two kill blocks and two aces while Lourdes Clemente tallied nine markers with five coming off kill blocks.

Michelle Cobb posted 21 excellent set that helped the Taft-based squad convert 34 kill points. Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz had seven points and six digs for DLSU.  

The Lady Bulldogs absorbed their third straight defeat for a 2-7 slate.

Only Roselyn Doria scored in double figures for NU with 11 points while Princess Robles, who was averaging 14.25 points per contest coming into the game, was limited to only eight markers for NU, which gave away 24 points off errors.



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