Published on April 1st, 2019 | by Maggie Mariano0
Straight-set victory puts the Green Spikers back in winning column
Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers found their way back as they defeated the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 29-27, yesterday, March 31, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Although they drew first blood, the Green Spikers committed two service errors early into the game. The first set was a close game, with both teams consistent in answering each other’s points. Inoferio put UE on top at the first technical timeout, 8-7. The Red Warriors proved to be difficult challengers as their key players Inoferio and Abalon kept the race tight. An error by Geraint Bacon put the Green Spikers down by three, 15-18. However, five unanswered points capped by an Inoferio error gave the lead back to La Salle, 20-18. The Taft-based squad never looked back and sealed the first set, 25-21.
La Salle started the second set slowly, trailing by three, 3-6. Not long after, it was the same seesaw ride midway through the set as the Green Spikers took the driver’s seat, 12-11 with a Cris Dumago tip. The second set saw a more offensive side of La Salle with the team captain hot at the Red Warriors’ feet. However, UE answered with four straight to lead by two, 16-14, at the second technical timeout. JD Delos Reyes knotted the set at 17-all before Paul Serrano gave the lead to the Green Spikers for good, 20-19. Gian De Jesus’ service ace closed the set in favor of the Green and White, 25-22.
With their backs now against the wall, the Red Warriors were even more determined in the third set as they pulled away from a 9-all knot and widened the gap to 16-11. On the other hand, the Green Spikers saw themselves on a six-point deficit, 18-24, after a net touch violation. However, a block from Delos Reyes ignited a fire from within his team. Anima and Reyes contributed as La Salle slowly erased the deficit and tie the game at 24. The Red Warriors held on to several set points, but La Salle took the match point at 27-26 following an error on UE. La Salle’s defense earned them the set, 29-27, and the victory.
The performance brought by an assertive La Salle squad pushed them up the ranks at fifth place with a 4-6 win-loss record. Dumago offered 12 points from 11 attacks and one block to lead his team.
The Green Spikers will go against the league’s current top seed, the NU Bulldogs on Sunday, April 7, 8 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.