Published on February 28th, 2019 | by Robin Reyes0
Green Spikers lose their third straight after bowing to NU
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers lost their third straight game after getting defeated by the National University (NU) Bulldogs in four sets, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 18-25, on Wednesday, February 27, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Green Spikers put on a good effort in the opening frame of the match, capitalizing on the Bulldogs’ errors. La Salle led early despite the offensive barrage from Bryan Bagunas, but an attack error from Cris Dumago gave NU the lead, 8-7, heading into the first technical timeout. The Green Spikers continued their dismal effort after the timeout, handing the Bulldogs a four-point lead, 12-8, and forcing head coach Arnold Laniog to call for time. Despite the regroup by the Taft-based squad, the Bulldogs remained in control heading into the second technical timeout with their lead intact, 16-14. La Salle showed signs of life after the timeout, this time responding with a sense urgency. Led by veteran Geraint Bacon, the Green Spikers pulled close late in the set, tying the game at 22. A service ace by Paul Serrano put DLSU on top, 24-23, before the Green Spikers pulled away to win the set, 25-23.
The second set mirrored the opening frame of the match. The Green Spikers did not allow the defending champions to pull away, down one point, 15-16, heading into the second technical timeout. The game went back-and-forth. However, Bagunas’ firepower proved too much for the Green Spikers, forcing Laniog to call a timeout. The Bulldogs looked to end the set off a Bagunas hit. However, rookie Billie Anima rose up to block the shot extending La Salle’s lifeline, 22-24. Bagunas, however would not be denied again as he scored on his next hit, closing the set for NU, 25-22.
The Green Spikers showed their hunger to win their first match and got off to a blazing start, taking an early 3-0 lead. La Salle showcased a strong defensive showing, neutralizing the Bulldogs’ attackers in the early part of the set. The Green Spikers looked confident, taking a commanding four-point lead before Bagunas stopped the bleeding for NU, 10-7. The green shirts would continue to lead deep into the set, coming as close as two points away from ending it, 23-20. The Bulldogs, however, had other plans as Paulo Ancheta and Bagunas cut the deficit to one, 22-23, forcing Laniog to put out the fire with a timeout. But the timeout did more harm than good. Crucial back-to-back errors from La Salle completed the comeback for the Bulldogs.
Coming off a disappointing third set loss, set four showed a different version of the Green Spikers. The Bulldogs pounced on the dejected La Salle team, taking a huge lead, 8-1, heading into the first technical timeout. The Green Spikers attempted to mount comebacks throughout the set, cutting their deficit to as low as two, 14-16, off a Dumago combination play. Despite the great effort from the team, Bagunas showed no signs of slowing down. The NU star answered every La Salle run, shutting the door for a comeback. The Green Spikers would go on to lose the set, 18-25.
Bacon and Dumago both had excellent outings for their squad. Bacon led La Salle’s offense with 16 markers while Dumago had 11 to pair along with his stellar 26 excellent receptions. Bagunas once again showcased his impressive firepower tallying 27 points for NU.
Catch the DLSU Green Spikers (0-3) in action in their next game against the UP Fighting Maroons on Saturday, March 2, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.