Lady Spikers outlast Lady Bulldogs to get third straight win

LadySpikersvsNUJust like in their first two games in the second round, the DLSU Lady Spikers dropped a set but recovered in time to beat the NU Lady Bulldogs in four sets, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25.

In the past few games of the DLSU Lady Spikers, coach Ramil De Jesus has opted to shuffle his players by inserting bench players, Eli Soyud, Carol Cereveza and Majoy Baron. This game was no different, only this time coach Ramil had one more player to add to his list of reliable reserves, Princess Tiu.

The first two sets were a bit of a breeze for the Lady Spikers as they capitalized on NU’s shaky floor defense, but in the third set DLSU let their guards down and it was NU’s turn to capitalize on the Lady Spikers’ miscues.

After dropping the third set of the match, DLSU trailed NU by three points in the latter stages of the fourth set. The score was 22-19 in favor of NU when coach Ramil sent in Princess Tiu for the first time this season. Tiu scored three crucial points to help DLSU tie the match at 24 points apiece. Captain Ara Galang then took over with two straight points, one coming from a backrow kill and another from an open attack. The match ended with an attack error from NU’s Jaja Santiago.

Mika Reyes led the DLSU Lady Spikers in scoring with 15 points, three of which came from offensive blocks while Ara Galang added 14 points. Kim Fajardo also performed well, finishing with 36 excellent sets. On the other hand, Jaja Santiago scored 25 big points for the Lady Bulldogs while Myla Pablo added 13 points.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will face the UST Tigresses on Wednesday, February 4, 4pm at the Filoil Arena in San Juan.

Ara Galang leads DLSU to third straight win

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The DLSU Lady Spikers cruised to their third win in as many games after defeating the UST Tigresses in three straight sets, 25-23, 27-25, 25-17.

Unlike their first two matches, DLSU had a quick start in the first set as they led UST by five points coming into the first technical timeout. UST however, quickly bounced back to keep the set close and even had the lead at 23-22. Despite having 10 errors, DLSU was still able to win the set thanks to the clutch points scored by Cyd Demecillo.

The second set was as tight as it could get, with both teams playing solid floor and net defense leading to long rallies. There was confusion with the score toward the end of the set after DLSU scored off a block from Eli Soyud and the point was not added to DLSU’s score. Coach Ramil De Jesus contested but the game officials did not budge and the score remained the same. The Lady Spikers however, kept their cool and eventually took the set.

In the third set, DLSU pounced on UST’s low morale and was able to pull away and win the set convincingly.

Captain Ara Galang led the way once again for the Lady Spikers, scoring 21 points coming from 16 attacks, two blocks, and three service aces while Cyd Demecillo showed composure in getting the clutch points for DLSU. Cienne Cruz, who came off the bench also helped DLSU a lot with her steady reception and excellent floor defense. On the downside, DLSU committed a whopping 28 errors which is already equivalent to more than one full set.

Rookie EJ Laure on the other hand, top scored for the UST Tigresses with 12 points while Pam Lastimosa added seven points.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will go for their fourth straight win on December 6, 2pm, at the San Juan Arena as they face a winless UP Lady Maroons squad.

The scores:

LA SALLE (3) – Galang 21, Demecillo 15, Reyes 6, Baron 5, Fajardo 3, Soyud 2, Cheng 1, Dy 0 Macandili (L) 0, Ci. Cruz (0).

UST (0) – Laure 12, Lastimosa 7, De Leon 6, Tunay 4, Meneses 4, Cabanos 2, Rondina 1, Pacres 1, Cortez 0, Verutiao 0, Alterado 0, Dusaran (L) 0.

Aby Maraño to Ara Galang-Passing the Torch

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Passing the torch of Lady Spikers’ leadership: Aby Maraño to Ara Galang:

After the painful defeat that the De La Salle University women’s volleyball team endured in UAAP season 76, team captain Aby Maraño now steps back and passes the responsibility of reclaiming the Lady Spikers’ lost glory to fourth year player Ara Galang.

Rehashing the nightmare

In season 75 the DLSU Lady Spikers captured the elusive 3-peat after beating their rivals Ateneo in the finals. All eyes were on them to make history once again come UAAP 76.

DLSU started their UAAP season 76 campaign strong, beating team after team and eventually sweeping the elimination round which gave them an automatic trip to the finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. “Nung nakuha namin yung sweep sinabi ko sa teammates ko na dapat mas uhaw pa kami na manalo. Hindi natin pwede isipin na wala tayong talo, na walang tumalo satin” says Aby Maraño.

As for Ara Galang getting that sweep meant that they were one step closer to their goal, “Nung nakuha namin yung sweep medyo kampante ako pero hindi yung totally complacent so excited ako nun kasi syempre palapit na kami sa goal namin. Konti nalang nadun na kami”.

The DLSU Lady Spikers then faced Ateneo in the finals where the Lady Eagles rallied to beat the defending champions three times in four games, “Siguro maganda lang talaga yung nilaro nung Ateneo nun, tapos kami hindi yun yung best namin. Alam namin na hindi ganun yung laro talaga namin” recalls Ara, “hindi lang siguro talaga namin nalabas yung A game namin”.

Getting back up

Right after season 76 Ara Galang somewhat felt helpless but at the same time she also knew that she had to accept what happened, “after matalo syempre lahat disappointed, yung coaches, yung Lasallian community, pati yung fans, pero wala ng magagawa. Masakit sa loob namin lahat yun pero kailangan nalang talaga dun is to accept na natalo na talaga kami”.

Aby Maraño on the other hand felt that the loss helped her learn how to accept defeat, “totoo yung even the best fall down sometimes. Ang sakit balikan pero I think nangyayari talaga yun sa isang ateleta na makaramdam ka ng pagkatalo” says Aby “hindi ako sanay na natatalo pero from there I took it as a challenge na I told myself that I should accept defeat in order for me to become stronger and become a better player”.

Passing the torch

During Aby’s rookie year, coach ramil already saw her leadership potential “Nung first year ako actually sinabihan na niya ko na in the future I might be the team captain of this team kasi nature ko talaga yung nagsasalita ako. Kahit nung rookie ako nagsasalita ako sa seniors ko”.

It did not take long for Aby to fully accept her role as the team captain of the Lady Spikers, “Before pa umalis si ate cha dahan dahan ko ng inaaccept sa sarili ko na nagiging senior na ko ng team and that I need to step up for the team. Kailangan medyo marunong ka na mag handle ng teammates mo na medyo iba iba yung characters”.

“It’s tough to be the team captain of La Salle but it is tougher to be a captain of yourself” adds Aby, “how will you show your teammates that you’re not tired that you’re not scared, na dapat lagi ka matapang sa harap ng teammates mo. Kailangan palaban ka. Pakita mo sa kanila na buhay ka pa. Medyo nahirapan ako dun pero sinabi sakin ni coach na kailangan tiyagain ko kasi he wants me to become a great leader. Yun ang pinanghawakan ko talaga”.

Ara Galang however can be considered the opposite of Aby as she is quiet and reserved, “hindi kasi talaga ako masalita kaya nung una ayaw ko talaga tanggapin na maging captain. Hindi naman sa ayaw ko lang pero para kasi sakin malaking responsibility yun and for me hindi ko pa kasi kaya. Hindi pa ko ready”, Ara admits, “pero kasi pag tinaggihan ko yan parang ang weak ko naman. Iisipin ni coach na yun palang hindi ko na agad kaya. So I accepted the role”.

For UAAP 77, Ara plans to prove her worth and to approach her teammates the same way she always has, “sabi nga sakin ni ate Mok (Mika Esperanza) na wala naman talaga akong kailangan baguhin. Ganun parin. Kasi ako kinakausap ko sila individually hindi ako yung type na magsasalita sa kanila as a group. Pero if kailanganin ng teammates ko na maging ganun ako syempre I will try na maging ganun sakanila. Kailangan ko panindigan. Since nabigay na sakin yung role ng pagiging captain, ipapakita ko kung ano yung kaya ko”

Reclaiming the crown

This coming UAAP season will be very unusual for new captain Ara Galang as this will be the first time that she will be entering a season where her team is not the defending champion, “excited ako for this season kasi iba ngayon. Hindi kami yung defending champion, hindi kami number one”.

Despite not finishing on top last season, Ara Galang still feels the pressure, “kahit hindi kami yung defending champion may pressure parin. Actually parang mas grabe pa yung pressure kasi lahat expecting na kaya na, na makakabawi. Pero ako basta take it one game at a time lang and kailangan lang naman lahat kami mag effort talaga kasi feeling ko naman lumakas yung team namin. Lahat maasahan ngayon pati yung bench players”.

When asked if they feel that the Lady Spikers will reclaim the championship this coming season, Ara humbly answered with “we will work on it” but Aby Maraño’s answer, will give goose bumps to every supporter, “ako confident ako na champion tayo this year. Pinanghahawakan ko talaga yung sinabi nung mga bata na ibabawi nila ko this season 77, at ako never talaga ako nag doubt sa mga batang yan. Naniniwala ako na babalikan nila yung sino man yung tumalo samin at muli natin ibabalik yung corona sa La Salle. Kahit sino man diyan makipagpustahan sakin sasabihin ko talaga sakanila na La Salle”.

Lady Spikers shake off rust in time to beat Adamson

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The DLSU Lady Spikers uncorked their UAAP Season 77 campaign with a victory after beating the Adamson Lady Falcons in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17 at the San Juan Arena earlier tonight.

 The Lady Spikers had a very rusty start in the first set but were able to climb back with the help of Kim Fajardo’s steady serves for her team to eventually win the set.

The second set was pretty much like the first, with DLSU having a shaky start, but this time a late rally was insufficient as they dropped the second set to Adamson despite taking a set point.

In the third and fourth sets, the Lady Spikers were finally able to get their blocking and reception going to build unassailable advantages to dispatch Adamson easily.

Captain Ara Galang led the DLSU Lady Spikers in scoring with 27 points coming from 22 attacks and 5 blocks. Camille Cruz was a spark off the bench while Kim Fajardo displayed game-long brilliance in setting for the taft-based squad.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will be facing the NU Lady Bulldogs on their next game which will be on Wednesday, November 26, 2pm at the San Juan Arena.

 

Trisha Piatos: A legacy to remember

No one would have expected that a girl that stands at five feet flat and parades a petite figure is an athlete, much more a basketball player. Trisha Piatos’ career is indeed one for the books.

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From Davao to Taft

Influenced by her cousin, Trisha began playing basketball when she was just five years old. Through watching NBA games she learned how to love basketball and eventually played the sport competitively. “When I was in grade 5, I joined the Milo SBP tournament. I was the only girl in the whole league. I was up against guys and my teammates were also guys”.

Hailing from Ateneo de Davao University, Trisha admitted that she did not initially want to play for La Salle. “Actually, my first choice was really Ateneo. La Salle was there but not really one of the choices since my parents didn’t want me to come to La Salle”.  Her reason for eventually choosing to play for La Salle is simple; camaraderie. “I like how La Salle welcomed me. Yung feeling na parang family talaga. I didn’t feel that in Ateneo or other schools that’s why I chose to come to La Salle”.

Peak of her career

2013 is no doubt the best year for Trisha Piatos as she and the rest of the DLSU Lady Archers won the Filoil Flying V preseason cup and the UAAP season 76 championship.

In the Fil-oil cup finals, the Lady Archers were up against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, and in the dying seconds, with the game tied at 51, Trisha hit a clutch game-winning jumper to give the Lady Archers the championship. Piatos scored 16 points and hit four from downtown in that game.

Trisha considers their UAAP championship last year as the best moment of her career, “for me that was the best feeling I’ve ever felt after 4 years of staying here in La Salle. It was the best moment of my 2013. I could remember it, parang overwhelming yung feeling na finally I got to get one”.

In that UAAP season 76 finals series, the DLSU Lady Archers battled it out against a solid NU Lady Bulldogs squad who did not hand the championship to DLSU easily. That series went to a deciding third game where Piatos displayed her composure in hitting timely baskets to halt every run that the Lady Bulldogs made. Trisha Piatos’ solid performance did not go unnoticed as she was eventually awarded the finals Most Valuable Player.

Last UAAP season

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In her final UAAP season as a Lady Archer, Piatos led her team in statistical points but more than the outstanding numbers, she helped her team get big wins all season long. DLSU started the season with a six-game winning streak but ended it with a heartbreaking four straight losses.

Despite losing their last two games of the elimination round, the Lady Archers still finished second and had a twice-to-beat advantage coming into the final four, they however failed to capitalize on that advantage as they lost the first match against FEU, and for Trisha she felt that she wasn’t able to engage herself in that game. “Bitter ko lang sa game na yun kasi feeling ko ako talaga yung missing link. Parang wala ako sa sarili ko I was just going through the motions of the game.” After that loss, Trisha only had one thing on her mind and that is to finish off the Lady Tamaraws on their next game.

In what would be her last game, Piatos had a chance to put her team up by two points in the dying seconds of overtime when she got fouled while taking a jumper, “when I got fouled I smiled cause I said kaya ko to cause no pressure I’ve been practicing it naman. Nung pumasok first free throw parang okay na pero pag release ko palang nung second shot sabi ko agad short. I looked at the time and told myself na nako mukang makakascore pa FEU dito” shared Trisha. FEU did score in the next possession and DLSU only had one last chance left to save their season.

Piatos, like her idol Kobe Bryant, has a knack for draining clutch baskets and in the last possession of her career she had her mind set on taking that big shot to lift her team past FEU and give them another finals appearance, “Nung kinuha ko na yung ball yung thinking ko nun, since alam ko naman yung role ko sa team, manalo na sakin pero sige matalo na din dahil sakin”. But when she got to the top of the key she was immediately doubled, “since hindi ko naman pwede pilitin dahil maliit ako tapos madami naman talaga sila; dalawa ata lumapit sakin. Nakita ko si Claro and she’s a really good shooter so I passed it to her.” Camille Claro unfortunately missed the potential game winner.

That pass however also signifies the passing of the role from a senior to her successor, “si Claro yung nakikita ko na papalit sa role ko sa team. The way she plays, the way siya nilalaro ni coach feeling ko siya” Piatos shared. This is not far from happening as Camille Claro, just like Trisha, has shown signs of brilliance early in her career.

Through the eyes of her coach

For coach Ty, Trisha is the counterpart of Almond Vosotros in the women’s team, “She’s our Almond sa women’s. Vosotres and Threesha”. Three pointers are indeed the specialty of Trisha as no one in the entire league has hit more triples than she has for UAAP season 77. Yes, including the men’s division. Trisha converted a whopping 38 triples in her last season but what is more amazing is that she did not only lead the entire league in triples made but she also led the women’s division in three point shooting percentage (with at least 12 made) at 35.5%.

Having a winning attitude is what coach Ty considers as Trisha’s best quality, “more than the scoring and the shooting skills, I see a competitor and a fighter in her. No matter what the situation is you can expect her not to give up that’s why I’m sure she will be successful in life too”.

Coach Ty also raved about Trisha’s incredible work ethic; “She puts a lot of time to improve her skills. The vast improvement in her game throughout the years can be credited to her great work ethic. She’s always the last one to leave the court after doing extra work alone or with coaches or players. You’ll always see her trying to get better”.

“I can never ask for anything more from Trish” he said. “She gave it her all and the breaks just didn’t go our way. I’ll always be proud of what she has accomplished and what she has become. I’m blessed to coach someone like Trish and I will truly miss her as a person more than as a player”

Moving on to the next step

Trisha considers training time as what she would miss the most about being a Lady Archer, “aside from playing talaga I think I’ll miss training time the most. Parang nung Monday (first Monday after her last game) sobrang lungkot ko nanaman kasi 12 o’clock e. Kasi usaually pag 12 na dapat nasa complex na ko. Yun talaga na miss ko agad”.

“No more basketball for me” these are the words that Trisha uttered when asked if she would want to tryout for the national team. “I would like to try other sports. Surfing lang alam ko gawin but I would like to try golf” she said.

Trisha, who is currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, dreams of becoming a doctor someday, “I have to graduate na. I’ll be taking my NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) this December. My future school will depend on my NMAT but I really want to study sa PLM (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila) because I heard it’s good daw talaga”.

One for the books

More than the all the points she scored, all the triples she drained, all the stops she got from her pesky defense, all the times she hit clutch baskets to give her team the win, it is her winning attitude and love for the game that people should remember her for. That one player who never gives up and works hard day in day out to win for the green and white.

For everything she has given to La Salle, one can only hope that Trisha Piatos would take her winning attitude to the next chapter of her journey. That she would be saving, not just loose balls but lives as a doctor in the future. That she would still be winning, not just basketball games but this time in life.

 

NOTE: This article was written in collaboration with Jan Gonzales.

Lady Archers’ campaign ends after a heartbreaking loss to FEU

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The DLSU Lady Archers UAAP season 77 campaign ended after suffering another heartbreaking loss to the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 81-80.

With 11 seconds left in the game and the game tied at 71, the Lady Archers had an opportunity to win the game but Miller Ong’s layup was just a few inches short and an extra five minutes was needed to settle the match.

In overtime, both teams traded baskets with Alyanna Ong hitting clutch triples and April Siat scoring inside the paint for FEU. At one point it even seemed like DLSU will pull way already but FEU kept pounding the ball in the paint and DLSU’s defense could not stop the charging Lady Tamaraws.

In the last 30 seconds of the game, the score was 79-all, last season’s finals MVP Trisha Piatos drove to the basket and was able to draw a foul. Trisha split her free throws and gave DLSU a one point lead. FEU quickly broke DLSU defense and April Siat calmly hit a clutch under goal stab.

With one last chance to save the game for the green and white, Trisha Piatos drew the double and passed the ball to an open Camille Claro on the corner but her shot was way short. There was a scramble for the loose ball but the time expired on the defending champions.

On her last game as a Lady Archer, Trisha Piatos scored a team-high 18 points and had 5 assists with zero turnovers and five triples. April Siat meanwhile led the Tamaraws with 24 points. Half of which came in the fourth quarter.

DLSU has six graduating players on their team, Trisha Piatos, Cassandra Santos, Nicky Garcia, Niky Scott, Inna Corcuera, and captain Miller Ong.

The DLSU Lady Archers started their UAAP season 77 campaign with a six-game winning streak and ended it with a heartbreaking four-game losing streak. Three of which came in the hands of the FEU Lady Tamaraws.

 

Lady Archers falter against rampaging Lady Tamaraws

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Old foes haunt the cagebelles of De La Salle University. Champions before the Lady Archers, FEU reminded the ladies in green-and-white of yesterday’s struggles against Morayta’s pride.

The Lady Archers failed to capitalize on their twice-to-beat advantage following a heartbreaking defeat in the hands of the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 61-56 earlier at the Arena in San Juan.

In a game where the Lady Archers led by as much as 15 points and forced their foes to a whopping 25 turnovers, one would think that it would be a runaway game for DLSU but that was not the case.

DLSU’s offense went stagnant in the fourth quarter where they only scored 11 points, most of which came from the free throw line. They also allowed the Lady Tamaraws to score 24 points in the same quarter.

In the dying minutes of the game, the champions had an opportunity to tie the game or even take the lead after Cassandra Santos completed a steal but FEU’s defense was quick to recover and the possession ended with a jumpball. FEU’s Valenzona won the jumpball which left DLSU no other choice but to commit an intentional foul. Valenzona headed to the free throw line and made the first free throw, missed the second but DLSU failed to secure the defensive board and had to foul again. DLSU could not convert in their last possession and suffered their third straight loss.

Nicky Garcia top scored for the Lady Archers with 15 points and added 5 rebounds. While FEU’s Jacquline Tanaman had a complete game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the Lady Tamaraws.

The Lady Archers will have one more shot to secure a seat in the finals. They face the Lady Tamaraws anew in a rubber match on Saturday, 1:30pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

Lady Archers’ late surge insufficient in taming unbeaten NU

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The DLSU Lady Archers were once again in the brink of completing a comeback but failed to secure a crucial defensive rebound which resulted in a 75-71 win for the Lady Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

DLSU had a good start in the first quarter and led by as much as seven points midway through the quarter but it did not take long before NU made a run which spilled over into the second quarter and gave the Lady Bulldogs a 36-26 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, DLSU made a huge run with Trisha Piatos hitting three triples and Jonah Melendres adding five points. The Lady Archers were able to cut the lead down to three points at the end of the third.

The Lady Archers kept the game close in the fourth and even took the lead at the 1:49 mark via two made free throws from Cassie Santos but NU quickly erased the lead with a layup from Gemma Miranda.

With just 17 seconds left in the game, DLSU committed a crucial turnover that gave the Lady Archers no other choice but to send a Lady Bulldog to the line. Shelley Gupilan split her free throws but the Lady Archers could not control the rebound. Piatos then committed a hard foul, which sent Gupilan back to the line. After Gupilan made both free throws, coach Ty Bautista called his final timeout but the Lady Archers failed to execute and was not able to have a clean look at the basket.

Piatos led the Lady Archers with 15 points and Miller Ong added 6 assists. Miranda, meanwhile, top-scored for the winners with 23 big points.

The Lady Archers will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semis and will face the winner of the FEU-UST knockout match. The NU Lady Bulldogs will have a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals.

Game photos can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Lady Archers vs. NU game photos

Lady Archers’ comeback not enough to mask struggle against FEU

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The DLSU Lady Archers trailed the FEU lady Tamaraws the entire game. They tried to make a comeback in the fourth but fell short and lost to FEU 48-43 Sunday afternoon at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Lady Archers struggled with their defense and were down by as much as eight points in the third before Trisha Piatos hit three straight shots that gave the Lady Archers a chance to win in the fourth.

In the last two minutes of the final quarter, Nicky Garcia hit a three pointer to cut FEU’s lead to just three points. DLSU was then able to make a stop on the other end but committed a crucial turnover, which gave the ball back to FEU.

FEU’s Arellano hit a clutch three point basket to double FEU’s lead to six points with 35 seconds to go but Trisha Piatos wasted no time and countered with a triple of her own. DLSU then opted to foul; FEU’s Tanaman missed both free throws but the Lady Archers failed to box out and FEU was able to corral the offensive rebound and converted a layup.

“We started out flat and it carried on all throughout the game and our defense was just going through the motion. It got to us. In the last play I wasn’t able to box out my man and she got the rebound” says Trisha Piatos.

Trisha Piatos was once again the top scorer for the Lady Archers with 17 points. Nicky Garcia added 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals.

The Lady Archers will be facing the unbeaten NU Lady Bulldogs this Saturday and Trisha feels that they would need a good start and good defense to win, “We need to start better. We need to start in a good note. We can’t afford to start that way against NU cause they are a stronger team. We need to work on our defense, containment and boxing out cause they are a big team”. As for Captain Miller Ong, she thinks that they would need t come out with more energy to beat NU.

The DLSU-NU game will be played at the UST gym at 3pm. A win by the Lady Bulldogs will give them a ticket straight to the finals with thrice-to-beat advantage.

Box scores:

FEU(48)– Arellano 19, Tanaman 8, Castro 8, Siat 4, Gabriel 4, Chan 3, Valenzona 2, Ventura 0, Lozano 0, Abat 0.

DLSU(43)– Piatos 17, Garcia 11, A.Ong 6, Santos 5, Concuera 2, Roxas 2, Claro 0, M.Ong 0, Melendres 0, Vergara 0, Castillo 0.

Quarter scores: 8-10, 18-14, 32-28, 48-43.

 

Lady Spikers end beach volleyball stint in second after yielding to UST

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The Lady Spikers failed to force a game four in the UAAP women’s beach volleyball finals as they dropped game three of the finals 21-15, 21-11.

DLSU’s Kim Fajardo and Cyd Demecillo had a strong start in the first set and at one point even led by six points but their offense stagnated which allowed UST’s Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera to eventually take the lead and even pull away in the end of set.

In the second set, DLSU opted to replace Demecillo with UAAP season 75 MVP Ara Galang but the substitution did not help DLSU’s cause. It was evident that Galang was still not 100% as she was not able to receive the ball properly and also had a number of unforced errors. UST pounced on the errors DLSU committed and eventually won the championship.

The DLSU Lady Spikers ended their campaign in second place, an improvement from last year’s fourth place finish.

Game photos can be viewed by clicking the link below:

DLSU vs. UST Game 3 photos