Lady Spikers take down Tigresses as Cheng posts new career-high

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Flavius Dulce

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers avenged their first round loss against the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses with a four-set win, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, yesterday, March 31, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The game’s beginning proved to be a difficult task for the Lady Spikers as they struggled with early errors from net touch violations and failed attacks. UST led La Salle, 8-4, at the first technical timeout after a net touch violation on Lourdes Clemente. The Lady Spikers remained kept themselves within striking distance by cutting the deficit to two, 14-16, at the second break. However, the Golden Tigresses pulled away with three straight points off the timeout. An ace from Roldan put them to set point, 24-18, before they took the set, 25-21.

The succeeding sets shifted the momentum in favor of the Lady Spikers, though it was no simple challenge. An attacking error from EJ Laure gave la Salle a 4-1 lead. On the other hand, a mis-hit by Jolina Dela Cruz tied the game at 5 before Tin Tiamzon’s error gave the lead to UST, 6-5. La Salle regained the driver’s seat at 10-9. They then came up with a 6-1 run that saw a Desiree Cheng block on Laure and an Aduke Ogunsanya denial on Dimdim Pacres. Dela Cruz joined the block party with a rejection on Sisi Rondina to as the Lady Spikers put up their biggest lead, 18-11. UST clawed their way back with a 6-1 run, but DLSU relied on their champion defense to take the second set, 25-23.

A service error by May Luna put the Lady Spikers behind the Golden Tigresses, 9-12, in the third set. But, the same set also saw a 10-point run from the defending champions turn that three-point deficit into a seven-point edge, 19-12. Cheng located an open corner to put La Salle up, 22-14, before a net touch violation on Laure put the Lady Spikers to set point, 24-17. But, Ogunsanya shut down the door on UST, 25-19, to post a pivotal 2-1 set lead.

The fourth set was a rather close game between the two teams. With UST determined to take the game into a fifth set, La Salle held up their defenses against their hungry opponents. An ace by Tiamzon gave them an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout. But, the Golden Tigresses would not let go as the set was still tied until 20-all. Marionne Alba served up an ace and Cheng denied Rondina to give La Salle a breathing room ahead, 22-20. The Lady Spikers committed two errors that brought up the stakes and tied the game at 24-all. Laure had a chance to put UST to set point, but Clemente came up with an emphatic block as La Salle ended the set with the win, 26-24.

Team captain Desiree Cheng surpassed her recent career-high performance against NU with a whopping 20 points on 14 attacks, three kill blocks, and three service aces.

The Lady Spikers now sit at solo second behind their archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles. They carry with them a win-loss record of 7-3.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will face the Adamson Lady Falcons on Sunday, April 7, 2 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Straight-set victory puts the Green Spikers back in winning column

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers found their way back as they defeated the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 29-27, yesterday, March 31, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Although they drew first blood, the Green Spikers committed two service errors early into the game. The first set was a close game, with both teams consistent in answering each other’s points. Inoferio put UE on top at the first technical timeout, 8-7. The Red Warriors proved to be difficult challengers as their key players Inoferio and Abalon kept the race tight. An error by Geraint Bacon put the Green Spikers down by three, 15-18. However, five unanswered points capped by an Inoferio error gave the lead back to La Salle, 20-18. The Taft-based squad never looked back and sealed the first set, 25-21.

La Salle started the second set slowly, trailing by three, 3-6. Not long after, it was the same seesaw ride midway through the set as the Green Spikers took the driver’s seat, 12-11 with a Cris Dumago tip. The second set saw a more offensive side of La Salle with the team captain hot at the Red Warriors’ feet. However, UE answered with four straight to lead by two, 16-14, at the second technical timeout. JD Delos Reyes knotted the set at 17-all before Paul Serrano gave the lead to the Green Spikers for good, 20-19. Gian De Jesus’ service ace closed the set in favor of the Green and White, 25-22.

With their backs now against the wall, the Red Warriors were even more determined in the third set as they pulled away from a 9-all knot and widened the gap to 16-11. On the other hand, the Green Spikers saw themselves on a six-point deficit, 18-24, after a net touch violation. However, a block from Delos Reyes ignited a fire from within his team. Anima and Reyes contributed as La Salle slowly erased the deficit and tie the game at 24. The Red Warriors held on to several set points, but La Salle took the match point at 27-26 following an error on UE. La Salle’s defense earned them the set, 29-27, and the victory.

The performance brought by an assertive La Salle squad pushed them up the ranks at fifth place with a 4-6 win-loss record. Dumago offered 12 points from 11 attacks and one block to lead his team.

The Green Spikers will go against the league’s current top seed, the NU Bulldogs on Sunday, April 7, 8 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Cheng puts up 17 as Lady Spikers bounce back against NU

Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers redeemed themselves with a straight-set victory, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs earlier today, March 27, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Fresh from a devastating loss against the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, the Lady Spikers were beyond motivated in today’s remarkable comeback. Head coach Ramil de Jesus remarked that last Sunday’s defeat was one of their biggest losses: “Wag niyo isipin na mahina ang team. Kailangan nating maniwala sa team, maniwala sa sarili natin.”

The first set was a close game, with both teams answering each other’s attacks. It was obvious that their steady beginning boosted the Taft-based squad’s morale as they powered through the rest of the game. The third set, however, proved to be quite difficult for the Lady Bulldogs to follow as they trailed behind, 10-25.

Des Cheng finished off with a career-high 17 points off 14 attacks for the Lady Spikers. Tin Tiamzon and Lourdes Clemente proved to be great contenders as well as they challenged the Lady Bulldogs with 11 and nine markers, respectively.

Compared to their previous game with the UP Lady Fighting Maroons, DLSU committed only 10 errors against last Sunday’s crushing 37 errors.

With a 6-3 win-loss record, La Salle remains at the second spot of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament alongside UST.

The DLSU Lady Spikers look to break that tie however, as they are set to face the UST Growling Tigresses on Sunday, March 31, 4 PM at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.