Published on April 28th, 2018 | by Khyte Mendoza0
Lady Spikers draw first blood in UAAP Finals with straight-set victory over Lady Tams
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers moved a win away from grabbing another championship after sweeping the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 29-27, 25-21, 25-22, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.
The Lady Spikers once again showed their depth as only Majoy Baron barged into double-digit scoring with 10 points, four coming from the blocking department. May Luna, who provided spark off the bench, posted nine points. Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon tallied eight points apiece, while Dawn Macandili had 24 excellent digs and 13 excellent receptions.
La Salle’s experience was displayed early in the game as the Lady Spikers jumped to a 14-7 lead in the first set. FEU kept coming through as they try to get their rhythm. As soon as they got their feet wet, the Lady Tams slowly but surely cut the deficit and eventually tied the set at 24. DLSU showed poise down the stretch, finally dispatching their foes behind Tiamzon’s attack and a mis-hit from Toni Basas.
FEU had a better start in the second frame as Heather Guino-o capped off a 6-2 blitz to begin the set. However, DLSU got their act together to take over the lead with a 6-3 rally of their own, with Tiamzon denying Basas to build 16-14 edge. The Green and White did not look back to clinch the 2-0 lead.
In the third set, the Lady Tamaraws refused to let go of the game as they kept the Lady Spikers at bay midway past the set. Unfortunately for them, though, they could not close out La Salle. Coach Ramil De Jesus and his crew came back and snatched the set as errors hounded FEU in the endgame.
Despite the win, DLSU has to lessen their errors come the second game. The Lady Spikers committed 34 errors against FEU’s 21. The Taft squad still made their presence felt with 11 block points, five more than the Lady Tams.
Heather Guino-o led the scoring for FEU with 14 points, while team captain Bernadeth Pons and Celine Domingo were limited to just nine and eight points respectively.
Catch Game 2 of the Finals on Wednesday, May 2, 4 pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.