Published on March 9th, 2019 | by Robin Reyes0
Green Spikers outlast Red Warriors in thrilling five-setter
Photo By: Steffi Chua
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers notched a crucial match against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in five sets, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13, on Saturday, March 9, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Green Spikers got the ball rolling early in the opening frame with solid offense and terrific blocking. UE kept the game close by matching La Salle’s efforts. The set was tied at 4-all before the Green Spikers unleashed a 4-1 run, building three point lead, 8-5, heading into the first technical timeout. The green shirts rode their momentum off the timeout. An error by UE coupled with back-to-back hits from JD Delos Reyes extended La Salle’s lead by six, 11-5. The Red Warriors tried to get back into the set, but the Green Spikers continued to show their dominance. Off a stellar play from Delos Reyes, the Green Spikers maintained a four point lead, 16-12, going into the second technical timeout. UE could not get close as the set went on. Billie Anima and Cris Dumago both got into the act and tore apart the Red Warriors’ defense, killing any chance for a UE comeback.
La Salle kept the ball rolling in the second set as UE continued to struggle. The Red Warriors opened up the scoreboard with an error, followed by a rejected hit from Geric Ortega, giving DLSU a two-point lead, 2-0. Momentum appeared to be on the side of the green shirts but the Red Warriors got the taste of the lead off a hit from Ortega, 3-2. La Salle quickly got their momentum back and built a three-point lead, 8-5, heading into the first technical timeout. In a similiar fashion from the previous set, the Green Spikers showed their control over UE. The Taft-based squad put on a block party that stifled the offense of the Red Warriors. As La Salle built a huge eight point lead, 17-9, frustration began to mount on UE’s side. The players and the coach started to complain to the officials about the calls they were getting. Meanwhile, La Salle continued to pounce on the Red Warriors. Tension was at an all-time high when the lead official decided to give UE head coach Victorio Turing, a yellow card for delaying the game. Shaken up by the turn of events, the Red Warriors fell swiftly to DLSU, scoring just one more point in the set.
On the verge of sweeping UE, the Green Spikers got complacent to start the third set. La Salle fell off early as UE built a 10-6 lead off the miscues and errors of the Green Spikers. Head coach Arnold Laniog tried to ice the UE run early by calling a timeout. The stoppage seemed to take effect, getting La Salle as close to two, 12-14, before Turing called for a ceasefire. Not wanting to go home early, the Red Warriors answered the call and showed resiliency, withstanding multiple La Salle runs. The set was in another deadlock at 21-all before UE eventually took the set, 25-22, off a service error by DLSU.
With the tables turning, the fourth set got off to a wild start. Both sides exchanged blows early in the set. Dumago and Clifford Inoferio went back-and-forth scoring for their squads. The Green Spikers took a two-point lead, 8-6, at the first technical timeout. The nip-and-tuck affair continued throughout the set as both teams could not pull away. The sequence was eventually broken as UE separated itself with a three-point lead. Laniog called to regain composure. Anima got going off the timeout, keeping La Salle within striking distance. Anima got La Salle within one point, 19-20, before an error from Inoferio tied the game at 20. Opportunity knocked on the side of DLSU, but the Green Spikers failed to answer, committing multiple errors to cost them the set, 23-25.
The unexpected fifth set went underway as La Salle showed urgency on the verge of blowing a two-to-nothing set lead. The set was closely contested. DLSU took an early 3-1 lead. The Green Spikers looked to capitalize but UE would not go away quietly, tying the game at 3-apiece. The set went back-and-forth from that point on. Both teams could only pull away as far as a single point before the other team scored. The Green Spikers eventually got the upper hand after building a precarious two-point lead, 13-11. The Red Warriors tied the set once again at 13. With the match up for grabs, Kieffer Reyes got the jump on UE with a quick attack, bringing La Salle within match, 14-13. The red shirts tried to salvage the match with a hit of their own but it sailed out, ending the match, 15-13.
Catch the DLSU Green Spikers (2-4) in their next game against the FEU Tamaraws, on Saturday, March 16, 10 AM, at the same venue.