Published on February 3rd, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin0
DLSU Green Spikers fall short against the UST Golden Spikers
The De La Salle University Green Spikers dropped their season opener against the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Spikers, 21-25, 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 14-16, on Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Green Spikers rallied from two sets down and forced a five-setter, but just fell short in the endgame.
The first set saw a close encounter between the protagonists. UST led throughout the set as La Salle could not break the two point margin. A block by the Green Spikers tied the set at 14, but the Golden Spikers scored two straight points heading into the second technical timeout. Raymark Woo bounced the ball off UST to pull La Salle back to within one. But the opponents brought themselves back up by four, 23-19. The Green Spikers drop Set 1, 21-25.
La Salle led UST heading into the first technical timeout of the second set, 8-7, after consecutive scores from JD Delos Reyes and Cris Dumago. However, the Golden Spikers countered with 5-1 run to take the lead, 12-9. They extended their lead to five, 16-11, before the break. A service error by UST cut La Salle’s deficit but Arjay Onia erred his own service, too. UST’s Joshua Umandal capitalized with an ace as their lead extends to seven, 19-12. The Green Spikers found the deficit to huge to overcome as they surrendered the set to the Golden Spikers, 16-25.
In the third set, however, La Salle started strong. Wayne Marco, Dumago, and Onia each connected as they take a 5-2 lead. Two straight blocks by Delos Reyes and Dumago along with a UST error pushed the lead to six, 8-2. Dumago’s ace and another block by the towering Delos Reyes and Marco extended La Salle’s lead to eight, 11-3. In the next play, Dumago hit another ace. La Salle led by nine, 15-6, heading into the second technical timeout. After that, Woo hit an attack, while Dumago got the ball to drop. The Green Spikers’ lead already ballooned to 14, 20-6. But, UST scored five straight points to cut it to nine, 11-20. Woo, on the other hand, answered with two aces that put La Salle to two points away from the set. Back-to-back hits by Onia earned the Green Spikers the set, 25-15.
Coach Norman Miguel’s squad opened the fourth set playing seesaw with their opponents. Onia attacked the defense of the Golden Spikers and cut the deficit to two, 9-11. Dumago scores on a spike as the Green Spikers tie the set at 15. With the team down by two, Woo found an opening to UST’s defense and sent the ball to the floor on one play. Then, he tied the set at 17 with a rejection. Umandal’s attack went out and La Salle took the lead at 20-19. A miscommunication on the part of the Espana-based squad pushed La Salle’s lead to two, 22-20. Onia’s attack went all net as UST tied the set to 23. However, a service error by Umandal gave La Salle the fourth set, 25-23.
The fifth set was again a close match between the two teams as Onia scores to tie it at 3. UST, however, scored three straight points to create a gap, 7-4. Woo kept La Salle within striking distance following an attack that bounced off a Golden Spiker. A huge block by the Green Spikers tied the set at 12. But UST answered with two straight points as they moved one point away from the match. Onia, though, did not give up. He carried La Salle with two straight attacks to extend the set. UST’s Medina gave his team a 15-14 lead, but Onia’s final attack went long.
Onia paced La Salle with 20 points, while Woo added 15 points. On the other hand, Umandal led UST with 21 points.
The DLSU Green Spikers will try to bounce back and earn their first win of the season against UP on Saturday, 10 AM at the Filoil Flying V Arena.