UP boots out Iriga in semis race
Mark Escarlote on Jun 20, 2016 06:22 PM
Diana Carlos of University of the Philippines soars for a drop.
University of the Philippines narrowed down the competition for the remaining semifinals spots by booting out the Iriga Lady Oragons in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Monday in 13th V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Diliman-based squad improved its record to 2-3 and breathed new life to the Lady Maroons’ bid for a semis seat.
Diana Carlos scored 13 points with 10 coming off kills for UP, which got back on the winning track after a tough five-set loss to BaliPure a week ago. Kathy Bersola added nine points while Nicole Tiamzon and Marian Buitre registered six markers each for the Lady Maroons.
“Masaya silang naglaro and we executed well, ganoon lang,” said UP coach Jerry Yee.
The Lady Maroons need to win their remaining two games to gain a semis ticket. UP’s last assignments are against National University (2-3) and Laoag (3-3).
Unbeaten Pocari Sweat secured the first semis slot while BaliPure and Air Force are both assured of at least a semis spot playoff with identical 4-1 cards.
“Ang last two games namin ay against NU and Laoag and parehong lumalaban yun. On our minds its NU and Adamson, somehow. Magandang gauge 'yun kung nasaan na ang program,” Yee added. “So we have to perform kung ano ba talaga ang game namin, kung ano ang skill level namin ngayon so ita-try natin ilabas this coming games.”
UP got into trouble in the midway through the opening set as Iriga erased a 3-8 deficit to knot it at 11. Bersola and Carlos teamed up to spark a telling run to create space and the Bicolas never recovered.
The Lady Maroons fell behind, 8-11, in the second set before nailing a scorching 14-0 scoring spree to control the game and zap the fight out of the Lady Oragons.
It was all UP in the third set as Iriga dropped its third straight game for a 1-5 slate.
Grazielle finished with 11 points while Shola Alvarez had nine markers for the Lady Oragons that joined the Baguio Summer Spikers in an early exit.
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