Outrebounded, turnover-prone Green Archers fall to Tamaraws for 1-3 record

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers suffered back-to-back losses, and their third in four outings, after falling to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 55-66, earlier today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Fresh off a heartbreaking loss against the UE Red Warriors, the Green Archers were determined to bounce back. With the return of Keyshawn Meeker (knee) and Jamie Malonzo (wrist) to the lineup, the Archers expected a different outcome to this crucial match. Unfortunately, it was the same old story for the Taft-based squad.

After a good start to take an early 13-7 lead, the Green-and-White fizzled as momentum swung to FEU. As La Salle struggled to buy a basket, the Tamaraws kicked into overdrive and went on a scorching 12-1 run, giving them the lead, 19-14, at the end of the first frame.

The opening minutes of the ensuing quarter spelled disaster for the Green Archers as the scoring drought continued. After starting the game shooting 66% from the field, the Taft-based squad went 0/11 bridging the first two quarters. The Tamaraws pushed extended their run to 23-3. Malonzo finally broke the dry spell on a trey that got the lid off the basket for La Salle, 17-21. La Salle failed to get into their groove before the break, surrendering to a double-digit deficit, 24-36.

Off the break, La Salle played with more urgency after a lackluster first half. Back-to-back baskets by Malonzo and Justine Baltazar gave the Green Archers a much needed boost to open the second half. Buckets began to fall as it was now the Tamaraws’ turn to struggle. Another triple by Malonzo cut the deficit to single digits, 31-40, with 7:50 remaining. La Salle kept the game close until a quick cut by Aljun Melecio got the Archers within striking distance, 39-44, forcing a timeout by FEU.

The fourth quarter got underway with DLSU still trailing, 43-49. La Salle looked to ride their momentum early until FEU reasserted control with a Comboy triple to open the quarter. The Tamaraws relied on the sweet-shooting guard’s stellar play as FEU seemed to have an answer for every La Salle rally. A layup by Comboy pushed the lead to 11, 64-53, with 1:35 remaining. That basket proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the succeeding possessions for the Green Archers ended in wild misses and desperate heaves.

The superb display continued for Malonzo, who finished with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds as the lone bright spot for the Green Archers.

On the other hand, Patrick Tchuente led the Tamaraws with a strong game of 19 markers.

Scores:

DLSU (55) – Malonzo 20, Caracut 10, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Melecio 5, Bates 2, Lojera 2, Meeker 2, Laput 2

FEU (66) – Tchuente 19, Comboy 11, Bienes 9, Eboña 8, Alforque 7, Gonzales 5, Tuffin 4, Torres 3

Quarterscores: 14-19, 24-36, 43-49, 55-66

The Green Archers’ next three assignments are never going to be any easier as they are set to face three teams currently among the top four in the standings. They start this Saturday, September 21.

Catch the DLSU Green Archers (1-3) as they try to regain their footing against the ADU Soaring Falcons (3-2) at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) Poised to redeem themselves after coming off a lackluster finish in the preceding season, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers had a hot opening to start the UAAP Season 81. Their inspired campaign had all the indications of a podium finish, if not a championship. They started with a victory, before winning two of their next three.

However, what looked to be a promising season ended up in a heartbreak. Instead, the Taft-based squad absorbed a premature exit despite a strong showing from then graduating team captain Cayel Pajarillo. They lost to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles in the first step ladder match to finish the season at fourth.

DLSU Green Shuttlers in Season 81: finished the eliminations 4-2, lost to ADMU to finish 5th

With their campaign underway, the Green Shuttlers come into Season 82 with a renewed sense of focus as well as a new set of personnel.

LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY

Their disappointing finish despite a strong start reflected the Green Shuttlers’ inconsistency last season. None other than head coach Owen Lopez himself noted, “Sometimes ang nangyayari sa amin is malakas sa umpisa, biglang nawawalan ng dulo.” But, Lopez also added that the team worked on it during the offseason.

NEW FACES

Holdovers: Eljee Gavile, Bless Linaban, Andrew Pineda

Additions: Hanz Bernardo, Clark Golez, Jan-e Mangubat, Joshua Morada, Yugin Tan

Departures: Louie Kharial, Paolo Malabanan, Cayel Pajarillo

With the departure of some seniors including Pajarillo, the Green Shuttlers will now rely on some new faces to help lift the team this season. The Taft-based squad had two key additions in the offseason in former Blue Eagles Hanz Bernardo and Jan-e Mangubat. The latter will be taking the mantle as the team captain.

Despite not playing last season after serving a year of residency, Mangubat had been actively observing from the sidelines and taking notes of the team’s struggles. “From what I observed from the previous season, the team lacked consistency, relationship, and acceptance.” Mangubat, who will be bringing in to the team his rich UAAP experience, stressed the importance of the team believing in one another as well as having the confidence to stay consistent. He added, “We should have the composure and confidence for us to be consistent all throughout the season.”

Bernardo and Mangubat were part of the Ateneo team that eliminated the Green Shuttlers in the quarterfinals three years ago. The same Blue Eagles team went on to the Finals, but lost to National University.

EXPECTATIONS AND OUTLOOK

With Season 82 just around the corner, Lopez is hopeful that his squad will be more prepared and can finish with a better standing. He acknowledges the huge pressure on his players, but is confident that they will do their best and move towards the team’s goals. “Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team,” the amiable tactician said.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will face the ADU Soaring Falcons tomorrow, September 18, 8 AM the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

Lady Archers return to win column with blowout victory over Lady Red Warriors

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers ended their losing skid after a strong showing against the University of the East (UE) Lady Red Warriors, 91-58, earlier today, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs the previous game, the Lady Archers swung for the fences in this match. Right from the starting tip, the Green-and-White blasted UE. A basket coming from Benette Revillosa opened up the scoresheet for DLSU. The points continued to pile up for the green shirts as they buried the Lady Warriors in a 15-point deficit. The barrage was capped by a three from Vea Malarde to make it 15-0 in the first three minutes of the game. UE tried to regain their footing but were unable to stop the hot start of DLSU. Despite the buzzer-beater make, they found themselves in a 10-point hole, 16-26.

The Lady Archers continued to showcase their offensive chops in the second frame while the Lady Warriors continued to struggle. The lead ballooned to 16, 45-29, coming into the break. From then on, the outcome of this match was never really in doubt. With them in the driver’s seat, the Lady Archers stepped on the pedal and never looked back, making quick work of UE to end the match on a blowout, 91-58.

Spearheading the scoring department for DLSU for the third time in four outings was rookie Kent Pastrana, who finished with 20 points on 3/6 shooting from downtown. The super rookie received help from her teammates as well, with Malarde, Quingco, and Revillosa adding 15, 14, and 12, respectively.

DLSU (91) – Pastrana 20, Malarde 15, Quingco 14, Revillosa 7, Sario 7, Okoli 6, Torres 6, Dalisay 4, Paraiso 4, Castillo 3

UE (58) – Cortizano 15, Pedregosa 13, Ganade 10, Ordas 7, Terrinal 5, Caraig 4, Cuadero 4

Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-29, 67-47, 91-58

Support the DLSU Lady Archers (2-2) as they try to go for their first consecutive wins in their match against the FEU Lady Tamaraws at the UST Quadricentennial Pavillion on Wednesday, September 18, at 10 AM.

Comeback falls short as Green Archers lose season debut against Ateneo

(Photo by Flavius Dulce) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers opened their campaign on a misstep after bowing to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 69-81, earlier today, September 8, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Archers’ first game had all the indications of a close and exciting matchup against their archrivals the Blue Eagles. Right from the get go, the Taft-based squad put their foot on the pedal and had the Eagles on their heels on the defensive end throughout the first period.

Contrasting styles on the offensive end was apparent, La Salle dictated the pace and took every opportunity to get out on transition on the offensive end. Meanwhile, Ateneo continued their slow and steady approach relying on crisp execution to run their offense. Both teams traded baskets in the early goings of the quarter. As Ateneo looked to pull away, ahead by six, 7-13, Jamie Malonzo announced his presence in the UAAP and unleashed a vicious and 1 dunk, 10-13, to snap the Eagles’ momentum. The play seemed to reinvigorate the Archers as they stuck close to end the first frame down by just two, 21-23.

The second frame seemed like it would continue the breakneck pace of the opening quarter as a quick drive by Andrei Caracut tied the game 23 apiece. The Eagles however had other plans as they quickly adjusted their defensive gameplan to disrupt the Archers’ free flowing offense. The defensive pressure combined with questionable fouls by La Salle prevented fastbreaks and slowed the pace of the game in favor of Ateneo. With the game running at a different pace, La Salle struggled to get their offense going throughout the quarter managing to score just eight points. The defending champions capitalized and went on a crippling 19-1 run to close the quarter and bury the Archers in a 20 point deficit.

Off the halftime break, the Eagles continued to stifle the Archer’s offense maintaining their lead early in the quarter. Ateneo looked on their way to a blowout when the Archers showed signs of life. A four point play by Caracut sparked a 13-6 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to 15, 57-42. La Salle continued to rally towards the end of the third frame as Malonzo fired a triple to cut the lead to 13, 63-50 in the final minutes of the quarter. But Ateneo responded with a triple of their own to close the period, 66-50.

Strangely enough, the fourth and final frame proved to be the decider. Despite falling in a huge deficit early, La Salle unleashed a furious barrage near the final minutes of the match. Back-to-back layups by Encho Serrano and Aljun Melecio cut the deficit to single digits, 71-62, prompting a quick timeout from Ateneo to try to stop the Archer uprising. The ceasefire seemed to do the trick as Ateneo maintained their lead as the minutes trickled down to end the match, 81-69.

Gian Mamuyac played the role of the hero for the defending champions answering big baskets by Baltazar and Caracut, snuffing out any hopes for a La Salle comeback. The up and coming Eagle won Player of the Game honors, finishing with 14 points, six coming from the last three minutes of the game, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

For the Green Archers, Malonzo had an impressive showing, leading the team in the scoring department with 18. Caracut and Baltazar also helped power La Salle’s offense, both scoring in double digits, 14 and 10.

Scores:

DLSU (69) – Malonzo 18, Caracut 14, Baltazar 10, Serrano 8, Melecio 7, Lojera 6, Manuel 6

ADMU (81) – Nieto Mi 18, Nieto Ma 15, Mamuyac 14, Navarro 8, Andrade 6, Kouame 6, Ravena 6, Tio 4, Belangel 2, Go 2

Quarterscores: 21-23, 29-51, 50-66, 69-81

Catch the Green Archers as they try to grab their first win of the season against the NU Bulldogs on September 11 (Wednesday) at the same venue.

Lady Spikers fall to gutsy Lady Tamaraws in five sets

Photo By: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers were stunned by a determined Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in five sets, 22-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-27, 8-15, earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

As the elimination round came to a close, a marquee matchup between two squads took place. Although a non-bearing match for the fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws, the squad looked determined to end the elims on a high note. On the flip side, the Lady Spikers wanted to secure the second seed and the twice-to-beat advantage that came with it. The clash resulted in a thrilling five setter that showed heart and guts from both squads.

FEU opened up the match guns blazing. The red hot Lady Tamaraws torched La Salle to grab an early 5-0 lead. The Lady Spikers kept their composure and kept the game close. La Salle eventually climbed back to take the lead, 16-10, as the set headed into the second technical timeout. FEU responded off the timeout and regained the lead, 19-18. This time the Lady Tamaraws took care of business and closed the set, 25-22.

With their back against the wall, La Salle showed greater urgency in the second set. The defending champs showed their dominance over their previous finals opponent.
The Lady Spikers got going early and never looked back swiftly ending the set, 25-13.

DLSU carried their momentum over to the third frame but the Lady Tamaraws got going as well. Both squads went blow-for-blow throughout the set. The set was in a deadlock at 14 apiece when La Salle unleashed a ferocious 11-1 run, capped by a hammer from Aduke Ogunsanya which ended the set, 25-15.

The display of dominance did not get the best of the Lady Tamaraws as they continued to fight back. The fourth set was day-and-night compared to the earlier sets. FEU showed signs of life and matched La Salle’s efforts. The set was littered with deadlocks and lead changes that lead to a breathtaking finish. After a hit from May Luna put La Salle at match, Heather Guino-o responded back. An error by La Salle put FEU at set point, but rookie Jolina dela Cruz tied it all up at 25 apiece. The effort was wasted however when La Salle crumbled under the pressure and dropped two straight points off of errors to send it into a fifth set.

The deciding set was not any different from the last sequence of the fourth set. After tying the set at 2 apiece, the Lady Spikers fell apart and surrendered the set, 8-15.

Dela Cruz led the team in scoring with 22 while Luna and Tiamzon got 15 and 17, respectively. For the Lady Tamaraws, Jerrili Malabanan got 15 points while Guino-o scored a game-high 24 points en route to Player of the Game honors.

Support the DLSU Lady Spikers as they try to clinch the twice-to-beat advantage against the UST Golden Tigresses on May 1, Wednesday, 3:30 PM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Lady Spikers retain winning form in rout of Lady Warriors

Photo By: Justin Aliman

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers won a crucial match against the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors in straight sets, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The penultimate match of the regular season had different stakes for both squads. On one hand, it was the game that clinches at least a playoff game for a semis advantage for La Salle. On the other, it was a non-bearing match for a UE squad going through the motions. Nonetheless, the match featured a competitive atmosphere from both teams.

Fresh off from beating the top-seeded Lady Eagles, the Lady Spikers got off to a solid start but the Lady Warriors matched their effort. The opening set went back-and-forth as UE kept up with La Salle’s pace. The set was in a deadlock at 13 apiece when the Lady Spikers mounted a run to pull ahead by four, 18-14, as UE called for time. The ceasefire did nothing to stop the momentum of the Lady Spikers. La Salle maintained a steady pace to end the set, 25-17.

The second frame was identical to the first set. The Lady Warriors went blow-for-blow with the Lady Spikers. The set was in another deadlock at six apiece and La Salle went to work again. The Taft-based squad blasted the Lady Warriors going on an 11-4 run to pull away, 17-10. From then on, the Lady Spikers never looked back and swiftly ended the set.

UE once again kept the third set close, always within striking distance of the defending champions. The set looked like it could go both ways when La Salle got going yet again and mounted a crushing 4-0 run capped by a miscue from the side of the Lady Warriors.
UE tried to regain their footing off a timeout, cutting the deficit to two, 19-17, but the Lady Spikers would not relent. Back-to-back hits from Des Clemente and Des Cheng, extended the lead to four, 21-17, prompting UE coach Dimaculangan to call timeout.

The Lady Spikers were unfazed by the breather and went on to win the set. Consecutive hits from rookie Ynna Hatulan got the better of the Lady Warriors’ defense promptly ending the match.

Aduke Ogunsanya won Player of the Game honors, scoring 10 points on eight attacks, one block and one ace.

Catch the DLSU Lady Spikers (10-3) as they try to enter the final four on a high note, taking on the FEU Lady Tamaraws, on April 28, Sunday, 4 PM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Green Spikers continue losing skid after bowing to FEU Tamaraws in straight sets

Photo By: Jempoy Pimentel 

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers suffer another crushing defeat at the hands of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws in straight sets, 21-25, 19-25, 20-25, earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The boys in green and white got off to a shaky start dropping five straight points, 0-5, prompting Coach Laniog to call an early timeout. Off the timeout, the Green Spikers stopped the bleeding off an attack from Cris Dumago. La Salle continued to climb back into the set getting as close to two, 21-23, near the end of the first set. With the Green Spikers nipping at their heels, FEU decided to take no chances, ending the set with two straight attacks, 25-21.

The second set featured a more competitive La Salle squad, bringing the set to multiple deadlocks and lead changes. The window of opportunity was open for both teams with the scoreboard all tied up at 13, but it was the Tamaraws who took advantage.

The Morayta-based squad unleashed a flurry, scoring nine straight points to pull away, 22-13. The bleeding was once again stopped by Dumago. The kill from Dumago reinvigorated the Green Spikers, going on a run of their own. The Spiker run got DLSU as close as five, 24-19, until an emphatic hit from Richard Solis capped the set, 19-25.

Down two sets to none, the Green Spikers tried to extend their lifeline playing with an increased urgency. The set headed into a deadlock at 15, but it was the Tamaraws who came out on top once again. FEU broke the deadlock to bring the set to the second technical timeout,16-15. After the ceasefire, the Tamaraws went straight to work and never looked back, closing the set, 25-20.

Support the Green Spikers as they close out the season against the Fighting Maroons on April 27, Saturday, 8 AM at the same venue.

Lady Spikers snap Ateneo’s 10-game winning streak in straight sets

Photo By: Karl Dela Cruz

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers reasserted dominance over the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles in straight sets, 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, on April 13, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The match was a key contest for both squads as the playoffs draw closer. With tournament dominance up for grabs, both teams got off to a solid start. The Lady Eagles and Lady Spikers went blow-for-blow in the early part of the set. But the defending champions soon flipped the switch and blasted the Katipunan-based squad to pull ahead.

Up by a single point, 14-13, the Lady Spikers went on a blistering 9-1 run to pull ahead 23-14, capped by a hammer from team captain Desiree Cheng. The stunning turn of events got the better of the Lady Eagles, dropping the ball and putting DLSU at set point, 24-14. Ateneo tried to extend their lifeline a little longer, saving three set points, 24-17, before eventually succumbing to La Salle, 25-17.

The Lady Spikers continued their roll in the second frame pulling ahead early. DLSU grabbed an 11-4 lead before Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro tried to ice the Lady Spikers’ momentum with a timeout but to no avail. DLSU continued to pounce on the rattled Lady Eagles and never looked back, closing the set swiftly, 25-13.

The third set featured much of the same trend from the previous sets. The Taft-based squad showed control over their rivals, up as much as six, 22-16, near the end of the third set. The match was as good as over but the Lady Eagles had other plans. Ateneo mounted a last ditch effort to save the match, cutting the deficit to a single point, 23-22.

After a smooth ride to the third set, tensions began to rise for the Lady Spikers as the Lady Eagles was in striking distance. La Salle caught a lucky break as an error by Deanna Wong put them at match point, 24-22. But just as the match appeared to be over, a service error by Des Clemente left the door open for the Lady Eagles, 24-23. Ateneo tried to hold on to tie the set but a hit from Aduke Ogunsanya put the final nail in the coffin, 25-23.

The Lady Spikers put on a clinic on the defensive end with six blocks against none for Ateneo. The veterans took center stage and was a key component in winning the match. May Luna was brilliant as La Salle outscored Ateneo, 35-17, in two sets while she was on the floor. Jolina Dela Cruz led the team in scoring with 14 markers while Clemente and Ogunsanya both had 10 apiece. CJ Saga earned Player of the Game honors tallying 21 excellent digs and 14 excellent receptions.

Catch the Lady Spikers as the try to extend their win streak against the Lady Warriors on April 24, Wednesday, 2PM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Lady Spikers show mastery over FEU after winning Finals rematch

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers dominated the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24, yesterday, March 16, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

After missing the game against UE, Desiree Cheng once again remained on the bench as the first set got underway. Ernestine Tiamzon got the nod to start once more and she did not disappoint. The fourth year spiker made her presence felt early, opening up the scoreboard with a solid hit. Her teammates soon followed suit as back-to-back hits from Jolina dela Cruz and Aduke Ogunsanya gave La Salle an early 3-0 advantage. The Lady Spikers capitalized on their momentum and pounced on the Lady Tamaraws’ defense, entering the first technical timeout with an 8-1 lead. From that point on, La Salle continued to look unstoppable as FEU struggled to pull close. The defending champions got their offense going throughout the set, putting a swift end to the Lady Tamaraws in the first set, 25-15.

The early part of the second set was closely contended as FEU began to show signs of life after a poor showing in the opening frame. The set was in a deadlock at 2-apiece before La Salle got rolling again and pulled away from FEU. A hit from Dela Cruz followed by a miscue on the part of the Lady Tamaraws put DLSU on top, 4-2. With the window of opportunity opening for La Salle, the Taft-based squad went on a scoring tear building a four-point lead, 8-4, entering the first technical timeout. After a strong showing in the early part of the set, things went downhill for the Lady Tamaraws. FEU looked dejected in the face of their tormentors from last season.

The team scrambled to get their act together as La Salle continued to gain momentum taking a six-point lead, 16-10, into the second technical timeout. FEU tried a last ditch effort, going on a 5-2 run to pull within four, 15-19. The Lady Spikers tried to pull away behind an offensive barrage from May Luna and Des Clemente but FEU remained within striking distance. The Lady Tamaraws continued to stick close, 22-18, prompting head coach Ramil de Jesus to pull an unexpected move, slotting Cheng in for the first time in the match. With their captain on the floor, the Lady Spikers regained their footing. An attack from Clemente followed by an error on the side of FEU put La Salle at set point, 24-18. The set had a fitting end as Cheng delivered the finishing blow to put La Salle up, two sets to none.

After dominating FEU in the previous sets, the Lady Spikers showed no signs of slowing down. La Salle opened the third frame with another early 8-1 advantage heading into the first technical timeout. The Lady Tamaraws showed resiliency, cutting the deficit by as much as four, 10-14, before DLSU called to regroup. The Lady Spikers responded well off the timeout pulling ahead, 17-11. La Salle appeared to be on their way to an easy straight-set victory but the Lady Tamaraws had other plans.

FEU blasted La Salle to cut their lead to two, 17-15. The Lady Spikers tried to ice the opposing team’s momentum with a timeout but the Lady Tamaraws remained relentless. FEU tied the game at 17 off a hit from rookie, Lycha Ebon. With the game up for grabs, the latter part of the set was heavily contested. Both teams scored back-and-forth. The Lady Tamaraws got the edge over the the Lady Spikers off a hit from Ebon putting them at set point, 24-23. Down one and in danger of losing the set, Tiamzon came through in the clutch and tied the game at 24. With the set on the line, Cheng was supposed to check in but the Lady Tamaraws crumbled under the pressure committing back-to-back errors as La Salle won the match.

Dela Cruz and Clemente were pivotal in their roles powering La Salle’s offense combining for 17 points. Ernestine Tiamzon continued her stellar play winning Player of the Game honors with 13 points on nine attacks, 1 block and three aces.

The win by the Lady Spikers puts them at second place with a record of (5-2), just behind their rivals, the Lady Eagles (6-1).

Green Spikers outlast Red Warriors in thrilling five-setter

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers notched a crucial match against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in five sets, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13, on Saturday, March 9, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Green Spikers got the ball rolling early in the opening frame with solid offense and terrific blocking. UE kept the game close by matching La Salle’s efforts. The set was tied at 4-all before the Green Spikers unleashed a 4-1 run, building three point lead, 8-5, heading into the first technical timeout. The green shirts rode their momentum off the timeout. An error by UE coupled with back-to-back hits from JD Delos Reyes extended La Salle’s lead by six, 11-5. The Red Warriors tried to get back into the set, but the Green Spikers continued to show their dominance. Off a stellar play from Delos Reyes, the Green Spikers maintained a four point lead, 16-12, going into the second technical timeout. UE could not get close as the set went on. Billie Anima and Cris Dumago both got into the act and tore apart the Red Warriors’ defense, killing any chance for a UE comeback.

La Salle kept the ball rolling in the second set as UE continued to struggle. The Red Warriors opened up the scoreboard with an error, followed by a rejected hit from Geric Ortega, giving DLSU a two-point lead, 2-0. Momentum appeared to be on the side of the green shirts but the Red Warriors got the taste of the lead off a hit from Ortega, 3-2. La Salle quickly got their momentum back and built a three-point lead, 8-5, heading into the first technical timeout. In a similiar fashion from the previous set, the Green Spikers showed their control over UE. The Taft-based squad put on a block party that stifled the offense of the Red Warriors. As La Salle built a huge eight point lead, 17-9, frustration began to mount on UE’s side. The players and the coach started to complain to the officials about the calls they were getting. Meanwhile, La Salle continued to pounce on the Red Warriors. Tension was at an all-time high when the lead official decided to give UE head coach Victorio Turing, a yellow card for delaying the game. Shaken up by the turn of events, the Red Warriors fell swiftly to DLSU, scoring just one more point in the set.

On the verge of sweeping UE, the Green Spikers got complacent to start the third set. La Salle fell off early as UE built a 10-6 lead off the miscues and errors of the Green Spikers. Head coach Arnold Laniog tried to ice the UE run early by calling a timeout. The stoppage seemed to take effect, getting La Salle as close to two, 12-14, before Turing called for a ceasefire. Not wanting to go home early, the Red Warriors answered the call and showed resiliency, withstanding multiple La Salle runs. The set was in another deadlock at 21-all before UE eventually took the set, 25-22, off a service error by DLSU.

With the tables turning, the fourth set got off to a wild start. Both sides exchanged blows early in the set. Dumago and Clifford Inoferio went back-and-forth scoring for their squads. The Green Spikers took a two-point lead, 8-6, at the first technical timeout. The nip-and-tuck affair continued throughout the set as both teams could not pull away. The sequence was eventually broken as UE separated itself with a three-point lead. Laniog called to regain composure. Anima got going off the timeout, keeping La Salle within striking distance. Anima got La Salle within one point, 19-20, before an error from Inoferio tied the game at 20. Opportunity knocked on the side of DLSU, but the Green Spikers failed to answer, committing multiple errors to cost them the set, 23-25.

The unexpected fifth set went underway as La Salle showed urgency on the verge of blowing a two-to-nothing set lead. The set was closely contested. DLSU took an early 3-1 lead. The Green Spikers looked to capitalize but UE would not go away quietly, tying the game at 3-apiece. The set went back-and-forth from that point on. Both teams could only pull away as far as a single point before the other team scored. The Green Spikers eventually got the upper hand after building a precarious two-point lead, 13-11. The Red Warriors tied the set once again at 13. With the match up for grabs, Kieffer Reyes got the jump on UE with a quick attack, bringing La Salle within match, 14-13. The red shirts tried to salvage the match with a hit of their own but it sailed out, ending the match, 15-13.

Catch the DLSU Green Spikers (2-4) in their next game against the FEU Tamaraws, on Saturday, March 16, 10 AM, at the same venue.