Lady Spikers on a rollercoaster ride in UAAP Beach Volleyball debut!
Published on October 1st, 2016 | by Karl Niccolo Dela Cruz
On the opening of day of the UAAP 79 Beach Volleyball tournament, the DLSU Lady Spikers split their outings, winning against FEU and succumbing to UP, October 1 at the SM Sands by the Bay.
Lady Spikers vs FEU
In their opening match of the season, the Lady Spikers faced the FEU Lady Tamaraws in what seemed to be a finals rematch of last year’s tournament. The duo of Desiree Cheng and Tin Tiamzon bursted on offense and defense in the opening frame, 14-9. However, the Lady Tams were able to pull off an impressive scoring run to bring the momentum to the FEU side and tie the match, 16-all. The Taft-based squad was caught frozen after Kyla Atienza and Bernadeth Pons scored three straight points for them to pull away, 16-19. Although Tiamzon tried to match the FEU tandem, Pons’ veteran skills blasted off for the Green and Gold team to take the first set, 19-21.
Coming off an ACL injury last season, Cheng was able to control the momentum of the game in the second set unleashing bombs from the service line to rattle the FEU defense and to give way for the younger Tiamzon to burst with offense. Although FEU was able to catch up through La Salle’s errors, 10-9, Cheng masterfully scored two aces to give the Lady Spikers a chance to pull away. True enough, the Green and White team was able to extend the match after a barrage of attacks from Tiamzon rained on the FEU side, 21-15.
Both teams exhanged mini-runs in the third frame until Cheng manipulated the momentum for La Salle with her services, 11-8. With help from the FEU errors, Tiamzon was able to catch fire and end the game with power hits here and there, 15-11.
Lady Spikers vs UP
Although the Lady Spikers started strong in the first set, the Lady Maroons were able to solve the offensive and defensive rhythm of the Tiamzon and Cheng to keep the set tight. At 4-all, the Lady Maroons saw the Lady Spikers dumbfounded as they gave DLSU a hard time receiving and formulating play variations to give them a 2-10 scoring run. Tiamzon tried to keep up with UP’s momentum but the service errors of the Taft-based squad killed any chance for them to build runs, 18-21.
It was the same story for the Lady Spikers in the second set as they started strong, 3-0 only to have UP climb back and take the lead from DLSU. Both teams were in heated exchanges but the Diliman-based squad was able to pull away mid-set and eventually give the Lady Spikers their first loss of the season, 15-21.
On their bounce back win against the Lady Tamaraws, team captain Tiamzon was happy that the team was able to finish as the stronger team against FEU. “Nung first set, parang kinakapa pa namin yung kalaban. Pero I guess si Ate Des at ako talagang in the zone nung second and third set,” said Tiamzon on the team’s performance.
However, the duo felt unsatisfied on their performance against the Iskas of UP. “Parang we beat ourselves up din. Siguro wala lang sa groove pero when we go again, hopefully we can do better,” added the sophomore spiker. The Lady Spikers was caught off guard as they were unable to keep hold of their composure and killer instinct during the game. “Yung momentum talaga. Mahirap na kunin yung momentum once nakuha na ng isang team,” she closed.
Vowing to bounce back with fewer errors and enjoying the game, the Lady Spikers look forward as they face tougher opponents by the likes of UST and NU at the same venue, tomorrow, 11:30AM and 3:30PM, respectively.