UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers down Tigresses for solo second

Mark Escarlote on Mar 31, 2019 07:11 PM
 UAAP Season 81: Lady Spikers down Tigresses for solo second
Defending three-time champion De La Salle University moved up to solo second after exacting revenge on first round tormentor University of Sto. Tomas.

Defending three-time champion De La Salle University shook off a rusty start before carving out a 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, victory Sunday over first round tormentor University of Sto. Tomas to move up to solo second spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.

The Lady Spikers collected their second straight win to improve to 7-3 win-loss record behind league-leading Ateneo de Manila University (8-1).

DLSU banked n their vaunted net defense, scoring 12 kill blocks to frustrate the hitters of  UST, which was also plagued by 44 errors.

“Well, ‘yung first meeting namin ng UST ng first round, sobrang hindi organized ang blocking namin,” said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus, whose squad lost in straight sets to the Tigresses in the first round. “This time, talagang nag-adjust kami sa blocking. So yun ang isang malaking factor.”

Des Cheng led the Lady Spikers' assault, dumping 14 attacks, three aces and three kill blocks for 20 points while Aduke Ogunsanya wreaked havoc at the net with four kill blocks in her 12-point outing. Tin Tiamzon and rookie Jolina Dela Cruz scored six each. Tiamzon added 14 digs and 12 excellent receptions while Dela Cruz had 13 digs.

The Lady Spikers turned a 19-20 deficit in the fourth frame to a 23-21 lead off an Ogunsanya quick attack. UST tied it at 23 on an Eya Laure crosscourt hit and a Tiamzon attack error. Laure sent her spike long in the next play but DLSU player Mars Alba was called for a double contact that tied the set at 24.

Lourdes Clemente put DLSU at second match point after a kill block on Laure, who then sent her backrow attack straight to the net as the Tigresses bowed down in the two-hour, 14-minute match.     

Laure finished with 20 points off 16 kills and four aces for UST, which slid to 6-4 card at fourth spot.

Sisi Rondina had 19 markers with all but one coming off attacks and added 13 digs and seven excellent receptions for the Tigresses.

 

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