UP maroons Coast Guard, bags first win

Mark Escarlote on Oct 08, 2016 05:36 PM
UP maroons Coast Guard, bags first win
University of the Philippines claimed its first win in two matches at the expense of listless Philippine Coast Guard.

University of the Philippines vented its ire on the hapless Philippine Coast Guard, 25-10, 25-19, 25-15, to notch its first win after two outings Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Lady Maroons marched into battle with Diana Carlos seeing action for the first time after skipping the Diliman-based squad's straight sets opening day loss to Bureau of Customs last Monday to play in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament. 

UP tied idle Philippine Air Force and Laoag with 1-1 win-loss record.

Carlos led the Lady Maroons' 42-spike assault with 16 kills on her way to posting 19 points. Nicole Tiamzon had 10 markers while skipper Kathy Bersola dropped nine points for UP.

Dominating each sets, Lady Maroons coach Jerry Yee had the freedom to field most of his bench players. 

"It's good na hindi lang yung first six ang nagagamit siyempre pati yung bench mo dapat nagagamit to gain experience and exposure na rin," said assistant coach Monica Ortiz speaking for head coach Jerry Yee who declined to grant an interview.

Setter Mae Basarte didn't see action to rest a bruised left elbow but was in the venue to watch the game. Rose Cailing took care of the plays with 33 excellent sets for UP.

Yee decided not to field prized sophomore Isa Molde, who is suffering a headache. 

The Lady Dolphins showed a bit of resistance in the second set to close a 16-11 gap to 19-17 before UP blasted a 6-2 barrage to close the frame.

The Collegiate Conference third placer Lady Maroons opened the third set with an 9-2 lead on their way to a dominating victory.

Coast Guard dropped its third straight game in as many outings and is yet to win a frame in the tournament.

Grenlen Malapitan scored five points to lead the Lady Dolphins.

Follow this writer in Twitter, @fromtheriles

Latest News