La Salle escapes pesky FEU in five-set thriller
Published on March 5th, 2016 | by Khyte Mendoza
After a straight-set defeat against UST, The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers bounced back as they survived the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 25-14, 25-9, 22-25, 19-25, 15-7, in a five-set nail-biting clash to open the second round of the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Volleyball at The Arena in San Juan, earlier today.
La Salle’s top gunner Ara Galang led the Lady Spikers with 13 points, 11 attacks, 1 block, and two service aces to help DLSU escape another stunner. The Taft-based squad also eluded back-to-back losses which they last suffered way back in 2008.
The Green and White had a hot start going in the first set as Kim Dy connected down the line to give themselves a five-point edge, 14-9. The spikers from Morayta could not find answers, eventually yielding the set to DLSU, 25-14.
De La Salle continued to pound on the Lady Tamaraws with Fajardo feeding Reyes to drop a, 17-7, bomb against FEU. The Lady spikers did not pull off the gas pedal as Mary Joy Baron sent a quick attack, clinching the second set for coach Ramil De Jesus’ crew, 25-9.
DLSU looked on to finish the match but FEU had other ideas in mind as they came out alive in the third set. Toni Basas hooked the third frame for the Lady Tamaraws, 25-22.
FEU gathered momentum and did not look back in the fourth set, with Joannabelle Dionela shooting down a service ace to provide her team an extra firepower and give themselves a, 19-15, lead in the set. Bernadeth Pons went on fire late in the fourth canto as she knotted the match at two sets-apiece.
The Lady Spikers however unleashed their resilience in the deciding set as veterans Galang and Cyd Demecillo delivered six out of the 15 points for La Salle in the fifth set with supporting casts of Reyes, Carol Cerveza, and rookie Ernestine Tiamzon, who put on the finishing touch, 15-7.
Pons topscored for FEU with 23 points. The spikers donned in Green and Gold slid down to a 4-4 win-loss record, while DLSU improved to 6-2, good enough for solo second place.
Catch the Lady Spikers as they try to even the battle vs the UST Golden Tigresses, who dealt them their second defeat last Wednesday, on Saturday, March 12, 3:30pm still at The Arena in San Juan.