Published on April 9th, 2018 | by Gabriel Minamedez0
Lady Spikers dominate UST, maintain lead in standings
It was all smiles for the De La Salle University Lady Spikers on Sunday evening as the Taft-based squad handled University of Santo Tomas in a sweep, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22, in their second round match at the FilOil Flying V Center.
The win served as a vital point for the Lady Spikers, as they maintain sole position of the first seed at 10-2.
The victory, despite coming in consecutive sets, had to be grinded out by La Salle as the Golden Tigresses had other plans in mind.
UST went off to a blazing start, with the booming Cherry Rondina providing the punch for the Black and Gold. Two straight scores from Rondina brought UST to a 21-18 advantage in the first set, and a reception error for La Salle prompted Coach Ramil de Jesus to call time.
After the timeout, Kim Dy came alive with 3 straight scores to tie the game at 23 in a heated back-and-forth between both teams. A service ace from Desiree Cheng put La Salle in front, followed by an error from Rondina to give DLSU the first set, 25-23.
In the second set, team captain Majoy Baron came alive with an attack and a block, leading La Salle’s quick start in the second canto. This proved to be the calm before the storm, as Sisi Rondina began to find holes again in the La Salle defense. A Rondina block on Ogunsanya ignited a furious run for UST.
As anticipated, the second set ended with a nail biter. After both teams exchanged errors, a Cheng spike brought La Salle to match point. UST’s Francisco kept UST alive with a score, but Dy ended the set with a resounding block. La Salle now up two sets to none, 25-23.
Defense was the main game for the Green and White in the close-out quarter. Propelled by the outstretched arms of Baron, Dy, and Ogunsanya, La Salle gave UST all that it’s got with a number of blocks.
Efforts from Rondina and Alessandrini kept the Tigresses afloat, but ultimately, it was the depth of La Salle that won it for them. Digging deep into his bench, de Jesus brought out Julia Ipac and May Luna in a test of courage. The two repaid their coach’s confidence with 5 combined points in the closing minutes, including a powerful spike from Luna to end the set and the game, 25-22.
With the win, DLSU stays atop the standings, a notch over second and third place Ateneo and FEU.
Already eliminated from semifinals contention, UST falls to 4-9 on the season.
The Lady Spikers will look to maintain their spotless second round record, as they close out the season against the hungry Adamson Lady Falcons and archrival Ateneo Lady Eagles.