UAAP 82: DLSZ falls in first game of title defense; Lady Bullpups win big

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2019 07:32 PM
DLSZ falls in first game of title defense; Bullpups win big
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

Last year's finalists trended in differing directions in their respective debuts in the UAAP 82 Girls' Volleyball Tournament.

Defending champion De La Salle Zobel came out flat before coming up short against University of Sto. Tomas in four sets, 15-25, 25-21, 19-25, and 18-25, Saturday at Far Eastern University-Diliman Gym in Quezon City.

Renee Penafiel delivered the goods with 20 points, all but one coming from attacks, while Regina Jurado also added 12 markers, all coming from spikes.

The Jr. Tigresses were on-point from the get-go, jumping on the Jr. Lady Spikers for an easy 10-point win in the first set.

DLSZ showed signs of life to seize the second set, but Penafiel and UST wasted no time in regrouping and roaring through the next two sets.

In all, the black and gold made good on 37percent of their attacks compared to the defending champions' 22-of-115 clip.

That was all because of the fantastic floor defense fronted by Bernadett Pepito who had 21 excellent digs to her name.

Reigning and defending MVP Angel Canino was the lone double-digit scorer for the Jr. Lady Spikers with 11 points. Without the likes of  Alleiah Malaluan and Justine Jazareno to flank her, however, they suffered a setback to start their title defense.

Conversely, last year's runners-up Lady Bullpups scored a convincing victory at the expense of the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 25-8, 25-16, and 25-18.

Erin Pangilinan topped the scoring column with 10 points and was the only player in double-digits, but NU also had all of Mhicaela Belen, Evangeline Alinsug, and Maria Taylor Pena contributing eight markers apiece.

The team that had won four of the last five championships had no problems whatsoever commencing its campaign, dominating in terms of attacks, 30-12, as well as aces, 16-1.

The Jr. Lady Maroons had no players in double-digits and were paced by Alliah Omar with five points.

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