DLSU Lady Spikers sweep the UP Fighting Lady Maroons
Published on February 10th, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin
The De La Salle University Lady Spikers defeated the University of the Philippines Fighting Lady Maroons in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
La Salle started the game full of energy, with Kim Dy attacking the UP defense. Majoy Baron’s service ace gave them a three point lead, 6-3. But, UP answered with four straight points to overtake La Salle, 6-7. Tin Tiamzon connected one of her 13 points to tie the set at 7-all. Aduke Ogunsanya, then, denied the Fighting Lady Maroons an entry to send the game to first technical timeout. It was a close affair between the two after the break as UP’s Jessma Ramos gave her team a two-point lead, 12-14. The opponents pushed their lead to as much as four, 12-16, heading into the second technical timeout.
La Salle was able to trim their deficit following back-to-back blocks by Baron, an Arielle Estranero service error, and a Desiree Cheng service ace. Baron brought the Lady Spikers back up, 21-20, with a service ace. Tiamzon, then, caught fire, connecting on four straight spikes from the same left spot to end the first set, 25-21.
The Lady Spikers led the second set, 3-1, but the Fighting Lady Maroons tied it at 4-4. The latter, then, converted four straight points to take an 8-6 lead heading into the first technical timeout. A crosscourt spike by Dianna Carlos gave them a 10-7 lead before Dy smashed two attacks to tie the set at 11-all. Michelle Cobb aced a service, one of his seven, as La Salle pushed the lead to four, 15-11. Coming off the second technical timeout, Baron tapped the ball to the confusion of two maroon shirts as La Salle’s lead extended to five, 17-12. The Taft-based squad received a net touch violation as the Diliman-based squad cut their deficit to three, 20-17. Tiamzon restored a five-point lead, 24-19, as her team eventually claimed the second set, 25-22.
In the third set, however, La Salle started poorly, trailing by four, 3-7, off a Carlos attack. But, Dy brought to one, 6-7, with a service ace. Cheng scored off the block, but UP answered with three straight points for a 12-9 lead. After Baron scored to bring it to 10-12, the Fighting Lady Maroons once more answered with seven straight points for a 17-10 lead. However, they also committed three errors as La Salle slowly clawed their way back. Dy aced a service to put the Lady Spikers to within two, 18-20, their closest. In one play, a game official ruled the ball in for UP as they look to extend the match, leading La Salle, 23-19, in Set 3.
Cheng connected on her attack, but her team lost control after that. Coach Godfrey’s team was one point away from a four-setter, 24-21. Baron, the reigning MVP, however, said not yet as she scored in one play. Molde, then, fumbled her service paving way for opportunities for La Salle. Cobb fired a service ace to finally tie the set, 24-all. Then, she aced another one for a 25-24 lead. Finally, she again aced another one as La Salle completed the comeback, 26-24.
Dy and Tiamzon anchored the Lady Spikers with 13 points apiece, while Desiree Cheng and Michelle Cobb each contributed 10 points. Meanwhile, Dianna Carlos paced the Fighting Lady Maroons with 19 points.
The DLSU Lady Spikers will face the FEU Lady Tamaraws for a 3-0 card on Wednesday, 4 PM at the same venue.