DLSU Green Spikers notch first win at the expense of UP Fighting Maroons
Published on February 11th, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin
The De La Salle University Green Spikers defeated the UP Fighting Maroons in straight sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-19, to get their first win of the season on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
La Salle took control of the game early in the first set. Raymark Woo’s attack made it a 12-8 lead for the Green Spikers. JD Delos Reyes, who finished with six points, hit one from the middle to help his team maintain the lead. At the second technical timeout, the Green Spikers sit on a 16-14 advantage over the Fighting Maroons. The men from State U slowly clawed their way back into the game as they trailed La Salle by only one, 20-21. However, the former went on a roll initiated by Woo and Arjay Onia’s efforts to seal the first set.
The second set saw a neck-to-neck match between La Salle and UP as the latter carried momentum almost all throughout the period. The Fighting Maroons led early in the game, 5-2, with a block on JD Delos Reyes. An attack by Kieffer Reyes and a service ace by Woo tied the set at 6-all. But, UP answered with two straight points. After the first technical timeout, the Fighting Maroons fumbled a service. Then, they were called for a net violation as La Salle tied the set again, 8-all.
The set remained tied up to 12-all after Cris Dumago skied high for an attack. The walls of Taft and Diliman exchanged blocks as La Salle trailed, 14-15. Reyes, who rejected five UP attacks, effortlessly hit the ball to the other side to tie the set once more, at 20-all. Then, Reuel Asia aced a service as his team overtook UP late. The Green Spikers stole the set after Arjay Onia hit two thunderous spikes from the left.
The see-saw game continued in the third set as La Salle countered every attack by UP, and vice versa. The Green Spikers led, 3-1, following an error on the side of the Fighting Maroons. La Salle’s towering frontline of Reyes, Delos Reyes, and Wayne Marco became a problem for UP as the former scored on back-to-back denials. Regardless, the latter was able to tie the set at 9-all. The Fighting Maroons kept the set knotted heading into the second technical timeout. After the break, Reyes rejected UP to cap a 4-0 La Salle run that turned a 15-16 deficit to a 19-16 advantage. Subsequently, Onia found a hole in the defense of the Diliman-based squad and made them pay with an attack. Dumago finished UP with one of his seven attack points.
Onia led the Green Spikers again with 19 points on 17 spikes, while Woo added 10 points. On the other hand, John Mark Millette and Wendel Miguel contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, for UP in the losing effort.
The DLSU Green Spikers will face the undefeated FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, 4 PM at the same venue.