Lady Tennisters end breakthrough season at second with loss to NU

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Playing with their backs against the wall, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters absorbed another loss from the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 1-3, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Lawn Tennis Finals to finish their campaign with a silver on Tuesday, April 9, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Preceded by series-opening loss that lasted for almost 12 hours last Sunday, the must-win game for the Lady Tennisters went only for a few hours this time around. Unlike Game 1, both teams needed only four matches to determine a winner, however.

The first singles and the first doubles matches commenced at the same time, with the former finishing earlier than the latter.

Angel Santiago dominated Lady Bulldog Zam Dumalo in the first singles match, 6-3, 6-1, as La Salle made a headway, 1-0.

In the first doubles match, the usual tandem of captain-rookie tandem of Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca faced NU’s Allysa Bornia and Alliah Ragunton. However, the Taft-based duo’s experience was overshadowed by the Jhocson-based pair’s thirst to win as they made quick work of the former, 3-6, 4-6.

The spotlight then shifted to Aubrey Calma as she battled eventual Finals MVP Clarice Patrimonio. Calma yielded the pivotal second singles match to the daughter of former NCAA star Alvin Patrimonio, 1-6, 3-6, giving NU a crucial 2-1 favor.

Kiezl Diaz and Jenni Dizon played in a must-win second singles match against Lady Bulldogs Jzash Canja and Annie Tumanda. However, the Lady Tennisters continued to succumb, bowing out in two sets, 2-6, 2-6 and effectively surrendering the crown to National University.

Despite the tough loss, the DLSU Lady Tennisters played an improved season granting a team composed of a majority of rookies and a few seniors to lead. The girls topped the eliminations round with a 6-2 standing and improved to first runners-up after finishing at second runners-up last season.

Way to go, Lady Tennisters! Animo!

Lady Tennisters succumb to Lady Bulldogs in 12-hour Finals opener

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters dropped the opener of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Lawn Tennis Finals, 2-3, against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs.

It took 12 long hours before a winner emerged in Game 1 at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts yesterday, April 7, also the feast day of DLSU’s founder St. John Baptist de La Salle.

With only one court used for the entire day, Akiko De Guzman started the championship round of the women’s division. De Guzman challenged Clarice Patrimonio again in the first singles that went the distance. The Taft-based Tennister yielded in the first set, 5-7, before taking the second set, 6-3, to force a decider. However, Patrimonio emerged victorious after winning the deciding set, 6-4, as NU drew first blood.

In the first doubles match of the game, the usual tandem of Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca notched a sweep against their opponents, Giza Antalan and Zam Dumlao, 6-2, 6-3. The win put La Salle on the scoreboard and evened things up against NU, 1-all.

La Salle pushed the tempo in the second singles as Lady Tennister Angel Santiago rode on the Green and White’s momentum. Her opponent, Annie Tumanda, claimed the first set, 7-5. However, Santiago would not be denied as she thwarted Tumanda in the second set, 6-4, before pulling away with a 6-1 victory in the final set. The three-hour match and the victory gave the Taft-based squad a pivotal 2-1 lead over the Jhocson-based squad.

NU would not come down just yet, however, as Mae Bornia and Alliah Ragunton made quick work of Kiezl Diaz and Jenni Dizon in the second singles match. The Lady Bulldogs took the first set, 6-3. Then, they finished the Lady Tennisters duo with a victory in the second set, 6-1, that also forged a deciding third singles match.

In the final match of the day, Aubrey Calma faced her second round tormentor Jzash Canja anew. Canja drew first blood with a 6-4 victory over Calma in the first set. Nevertheless, Calma did not come down without a fight as a 6-2 win brought both squads back to square one. In the deciding set, however, Calma could not keep her momentum as Canja routed her behind a hot 4-0 start.

The loss gave La Salle a two-game losing streak following six consecutive wins in the elimination round. This was also a back-to-back defeat from NU as the Lady Tennisters also ended Round 2 with a loss to the Lady Bulldogs.

Regardless, the DLSU Lady Tennisters look to bounce back in Game 2 against the same squad tomorrow, April 9, 8 AM at the same venue. A victory for La Salle will force a do-or-die Game 3 on Saturday, April 13, 8 AM at the same venue, while a loss will end their campaign at second place.

Green, Lady Tennisters bow to NU to end elimination round

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Tennisters both succumbed to the National University (NU) Lawn Tennis team on Sunday, March 31, to end the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs. NU

The already eliminated Green Tennisters dropped their last assignment of the season. They picked up losses in each of the five matches against the top-seeded Bulldogs.

Betto Orendain played the first singles match against Wilson Oblea. However, the La Salle team captain fell short in two sets, 4-6, 4-6.

Gelo Cerezo and Jose Miguel Gran also dropped the first doubles match against in straight sets. They lost, 2-6, in the opening set, before Jeric Accion and Justine Prulla blanked them in the second, 6-0.

In the second singles match, Al Andrade bowed to Jeremiah Latorre, 2-6, 4-6.

The duo of Mark Crisosto and Raprap Teng also suffered a 1-6, 2-6 loss against the Bulldogs pair of Rucel Cero and Abson Alejandre.

Jonah Cano had a thrilling start against Allen Manlangit, but fell short, 5-7, in the third singles. Manlangit took the second set, 6-2.

The Green Tennisters capped their campaign with a record of 2-10. After coming up with the bronze last season, they finished this season sixth place among seven participating schools, only ahead of the winless Adamson Soaring Falcons.

Nonetheless, the Men’s team played their hearts out this season so heads up, boys! Animo Green Tennisters!

Lady Tennisters vs. NU

Though they are already bound to the Finals, the Lady Tennisters likewise could not pick up a win in each of their matches against the Lady Bulldogs.

Jenni Dizon spearheaded the first singles match against Annie Tumanda. The veteran Lady Tennister notched the first set for the Green and White, 6-4. However, Tumanda forced a deciding set after pulling a 6-2 victory in the second. Dizon could not hang on as she dropped a closed deciding set, 5-7.

Jed Aquino paired up with Arianne Nillasca in the first doubles match. They faced Mai Bornia and Alliah Ragunton, who took the first set, 6-1. Aquino and Nillasca could not force a decider as they lost a tight second, 5-7.

In the second singles match, NU’s Clarise Patrimonio made quick work of Akiko De Guzman, 6-3, 6-1.

Angel Santiago and Kiezl Diaz teamed up for the second doubles match. They took a 1-6 blow against Lady Bulldogs Zan Dumlao and Cza Antalan before losing the second set that went the distance, 5-7.

Aubrey Calma also went downhill in the third singles as Jzash Canja pulled off a 6-1, 7-5 victory against the Lady Tennister.

With their victory, the Lady Bulldogs (5-3) set up a playoff match against the Ateneo Lady Eagles, who have a similar win-loss record. The winner will face the DLSU Lady Tennisters in a best-of-three championship series starting on Sunday, April 7, 8 AM at the same venue.

Cheng puts up 17 as Lady Spikers bounce back against NU

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers redeemed themselves with a straight-set victory, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs earlier today, March 27, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Fresh from a devastating loss against the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, the Lady Spikers were beyond motivated in today’s remarkable comeback. Head coach Ramil de Jesus remarked that last Sunday’s defeat was one of their biggest losses: “Wag niyo isipin na mahina ang team. Kailangan nating maniwala sa team, maniwala sa sarili natin.”

The first set was a close game, with both teams answering each other’s attacks. It was obvious that their steady beginning boosted the Taft-based squad’s morale as they powered through the rest of the game. The third set, however, proved to be quite difficult for the Lady Bulldogs to follow as they trailed behind, 10-25.

Des Cheng finished off with a career-high 17 points off 14 attacks for the Lady Spikers. Tin Tiamzon and Lourdes Clemente proved to be great contenders as well as they challenged the Lady Bulldogs with 11 and nine markers, respectively.

Compared to their previous game with the UP Lady Fighting Maroons, DLSU committed only 10 errors against last Sunday’s crushing 37 errors.

With a 6-3 win-loss record, La Salle remains at the second spot of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament alongside UST.

The DLSU Lady Spikers look to break that tie however, as they are set to face the UST Growling Tigresses on Sunday, March 31, 4 PM at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Lady Batters outduel NU in late comeback for third straight victory

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters avenged their first round loss in an intense come-from-behind victory against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 6-5, in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

With the win, the Lady Batters climbed up to solo second with a win-loss record of 6-3 to remain in hunt of a postseason ticket.

At the top of the second inning, the Lady Batters defended the bases well, while the Lady Bulldogs continued their batting woes. At the bottom, La Salle remained a nightmare for the opponent as rookie pitcher Juan sent the ball in the center field for a run that brought her and another Lady Batter in the home plate to get onboard, 2-0, at the end of the inning.

With two early outs at the top of the fourth inning, NU threatened La Salle with two Lady Bulldogs at the first and third bases. Eventually, the Lady Bulldogs gained momentum and snatched the lead, 3-2, before getting their third out.

Down at the top of the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldogs extended their lead as they scored another run. However, the Taft-based squad edged their opponent. With Chinny Ejar already out, Miranda was rewarded a walk to first base before a Mercy Arroyo hit sent Miranda home, Nica Velasco to third and herself to first base to inch closer. As they continued to threaten the opponent, La Salle sent the ball into the deep left field where Velasco and Arroyo took advantage of. The duo fought for the home plate in a wild sequence that was fortunately ruled as safe for Velasco. An NU error at home made a run for Arroyo, which was also ruled as safe to regain the lead, 5-4. Team captain Jamica Arribas added a run to end the inning with her team up, 6-4.

The Lady Bulldogs made a run in the sixth inning, but was not able to tie the game in the last inning, sealing the come-from-behind win for the Green and White, 6-5.

“Nagwork out talaga yung ginawa namin kahapon na practice,” head coach Jasper Cabrera said regarding their four runs in the fifth inning.

“Unahan man kami ng score, wag lang magpanic dahil anytime matatamaan namin yan kasi mapapagod din yung pitcher nila, at alam na namin yung game plan ng catcher. Sumunod naman yung players at nai-deliver agad nila kaya umiscore kami ng four runs,” he added.

Cabrera had some words to motivate his team, “Ang lagi ko lang sinasabi sa kanila, kung pwede itatak niyo sa isip niyo yan (the win), para hindi niyo makalimutan yung goal natin na Final Four muna.”

The DLSU Lady Batters (6-3) will try to sweep the UE Lady Red Warriors in the elimination round on Thursday, March 14, 9AM at the same venue.

Green Spikers lose their third straight after bowing to NU

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers lost their third straight game after getting defeated by the National University (NU) Bulldogs in four sets, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 18-25, on Wednesday, February 27, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Green Spikers put on a good effort in the opening frame of the match, capitalizing on the Bulldogs’ errors. La Salle led early despite the offensive barrage from Bryan Bagunas, but an attack error from Cris Dumago gave NU the lead, 8-7, heading into the first technical timeout. The Green Spikers continued their dismal effort after the timeout, handing the Bulldogs a four-point lead, 12-8, and forcing head coach Arnold Laniog to call for time. Despite the regroup by the Taft-based squad, the Bulldogs remained in control heading into the second technical timeout with their lead intact, 16-14. La Salle showed signs of life after the timeout, this time responding with a sense urgency. Led by veteran Geraint Bacon, the Green Spikers pulled close late in the set, tying the game at 22. A service ace by Paul Serrano put DLSU on top, 24-23, before the Green Spikers pulled away to win the set, 25-23.

The second set mirrored the opening frame of the match. The Green Spikers did not allow the defending champions to pull away, down one point, 15-16, heading into the second technical timeout. The game went back-and-forth. However, Bagunas’ firepower proved too much for the Green Spikers, forcing Laniog to call a timeout. The Bulldogs looked to end the set off a Bagunas hit. However, rookie Billie Anima rose up to block the shot extending La Salle’s lifeline, 22-24. Bagunas, however would not be denied again as he scored on his next hit, closing the set for NU, 25-22.

The Green Spikers showed their hunger to win their first match and got off to a blazing start, taking an early 3-0 lead. La Salle showcased a strong defensive showing, neutralizing the Bulldogs’ attackers in the early part of the set. The Green Spikers looked confident, taking a commanding four-point lead before Bagunas stopped the bleeding for NU, 10-7. The green shirts would continue to lead deep into the set, coming as close as two points away from ending it, 23-20. The Bulldogs, however, had other plans as Paulo Ancheta and Bagunas cut the deficit to one, 22-23, forcing Laniog to put out the fire with a timeout. But the timeout did more harm than good. Crucial back-to-back errors from La Salle completed the comeback for the Bulldogs.

Coming off a disappointing third set loss, set four showed a different version of the Green Spikers. The Bulldogs pounced on the dejected La Salle team, taking a huge lead, 8-1, heading into the first technical timeout. The Green Spikers attempted to mount comebacks throughout the set, cutting their deficit to as low as two, 14-16, off a Dumago combination play. Despite the great effort from the team, Bagunas showed no signs of slowing down. The NU star answered every La Salle run, shutting the door for a comeback. The Green Spikers would go on to lose the set, 18-25.

Bacon and Dumago both had excellent outings for their squad. Bacon led La Salle’s offense with 16 markers while Dumago had 11 to pair along with his stellar 26 excellent receptions. Bagunas once again showcased his impressive firepower tallying 27 points for NU.

Catch the DLSU Green Spikers (0-3) in action in their next game against the UP Fighting Maroons on Saturday, March 2, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Lady Spikers receive third straight win against the NU Lady Bulldogs

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers notched their third win of the season against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs in four sets, 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, earlier today, February 27, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Spikers jumped off to a 2-0 lead to start the first set of the game, with a spike down the court by team captain Desiree Cheng. The Taft-based team held on to their lead, 8-2, with a service ace from Aduke Ogunsanya. However, Princess Robles gave a powerful spike against the Lady Spikers to keep the Lady Bulldogs within striking distance, 10-15. La Salle continued to ride on to their momentum scoring four straight attacks from Ogunsanya and Jolina Dela Cruz. The Green and White claimed the first set with a strong spike from Dela Cruz.

Both teams started strong in the second set. The Lady Bulldogs chased the Lady Spikers with three straight attacks from Audrey Paran to tie the set, 11-all. However, the defending champions did not stop from scoring with a crosscourt spike from May Luna. Robles and Ivy Lacsina of the Lady Bulldogs continued to score for their team with their powerful attacks. The former delivered a crosscourt attack to give the second set to the Lady Bulldogs.

The Taft-based squad started the third set with a 5-0 lead off an attack from Cheng. Roselyn Doria answered with an ace to cut it to a 7-10 deficit. Cheng continued to come alive with a powerful crosscourt spike. Paran then tied it up after a quick spike from the Lady Bulldog, 21-all. From then, the Lady Spikers continued to score and ended the set with an off-the-block attack by Luna, 27-25.

In hopes of finishing the game in the fourth set, Cheng and Luna fired attacks to the Lady Bulldogs, 5-3. Lourdes Clemente scored in the middle, erecting a three-point lead for the Lady Spikers. Cheng took charge by scoring consecutive points with her strong attacks, 11-7. Attacks and spikes from Ogunsanya, Luna, and Clemente embarked a 4-point lead, 21-17. However, Lacsina from the Lady Bulldogs broke down the wall of La Salle. Cheng finished the game with a powerful spike, 25-22.

Both veterans of the Lady Spikers, Aduke Ogunsanya and May Luna scored new career-highs with 13 points apiece in the game. Super rookie Jolina Dela Cruz also delivered a career performance with 12 points.

Lourdes Clemente, who is playing for La Salle in her first and only playing year in the UAAP, was awarded the Best Player of the Game with five points coming from four attacks and one ace.

Catch DLSU Lady Spikers in their next game against the UP Fighting Lady Maroons on Saturday, March 2, 4 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Lady Tennisters make comeback, Green Tennisters succumb to UP over the weekend

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters dominated the weekend games of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament with consecutive wins over the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles and the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, both 3-2. Meanwhile, the DLSU Green Tennisters bowed down after tasting a 1-4 loss against the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons.

Lady Tennisters vs. ADMU

The Lady Tennisters started it right as they snapped back against Ateneo on Saturday, February 23, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts. The women’s team dealt their archrivals their first defeat, 3-2, bouncing back from a loss during the opening game.

Aubrey Calma spearheaded the first singles win against Lady Eagle Bettina Bautista with a score of 6-3, 6-4. Next match was a doubles by Jenni Dizon and Danielle Salvador who fell short, 1-6, 1-6, against the Katipunan-based team. This was followed by another 0-6, 2-6 singles loss by Akiko De Guzman to Ateneo’s Shaira Rivera. The Lady Tennisters were able to stop the bleeding with a three-set victory by Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Angel Santiago capped the third singles match at 6-2, 6-1 against Martina Bautista to end it with a win like how they started.

Lady Tennisters vs. NU

Another victorious game day followed as the Lady Tennisters conquered the NU Lady Bulldogs, 3-2, on Sunday, February 24, at the same venue.

The first singles, headed by Calma and NU’s Clarice Patrimonio, was notched by the Bulldogs, 1-6, 3-6. But, the Lady Tennisters’ double, Dizon and Kiezl Diaz, tied it with a three-setter, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. Santiago also gave the team an advantage as she advanced over Jzash Canja in the second singles match with a score of 7-6, 7-5. However, De Guzman and Nillasca fell short at 1-6, 3-6 against Allyssa Bornia and Alliah Ragunton. For the last singles match, Aquino swept Zan Dumlao, 6-0, 6-0, as the Lady Tennisters went home with back-to-back triumphs.

Green Tennisters vs. UP

The DLSU Green Tennisters fought for their first win of the season but failed against the UP Fighting Maroons, 1-4, on Sunday at the same venue.

The first singles match between Jona Cano of DLSU and Joshua Cano of UP was snatched by the Maroons in a three-setter, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4. Followed by the first doubles of Raprap Teng and King Agolfo over UP’s Elijah Arevalo and CJ Austria, the Diliman-based squad continued to pound on the Taft-bases squad with a 6-4, 6-2 win. UP continued to overpower La Salle during the second singles between Gelo Cerezo and Joel Atienza as the latter swept the former, 6-4, 7-5. This extended until the second doubles match between Rey Mayo and Al Francis Andrade, which La Salle dropped as well, 2-6, 1-6. Amidst a continuous downfall, team captain Betto Orendain was able to provide for the Green Tennisters, 6-3, 6-4, at the expense of Auden Paduganan.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (0-3), who now dropped to sixth among seven participating schools, are still searching for their first win of the season. They will face fellow winless Adamson Soaring Falcons next Saturday, March 2, 8 AM at the same venue.

On the other hand, the DLSU Lady Tennisters tied Ateneo with a win-loss record of 2-1, but settled for second with one less match won than their archrivals. They will cap the first round against UP on March 9, 11 AM at the same venue.

Green, Lady Tennisters drop Season 81 opening weekend games

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters are now 0-2 after opening their first two games of the UAAP Season 81 with consecutive losses against the NU Bulldogs and the UE Red Warriors.

Green Tennisters vs. NU

They started their campaign with a demolition from the Bulldogs last Saturday, February 16, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts. The Bulldogs dominated the courts with a sweep of the Green Tennisters, 5-0.

Team Captain Betto Orendain fell short against NU’s Jeremiah Latorre in the first singles, 2-6, 4-6. In the second singles, Jonah Cano also received a sweep from Allen Manlangit, 4-6, 2-6. The Bulldogs remained unbothered in the third singles after Wilson Oblea routed Rey Mayo, 6-0, 6-2. In the first doubles, Marraphael Teng and Al Andrade succumbed to Feb Deja and Rucel Cero, 1-6, 3-6. To cap the game, Justine Prulla and Jerric Accio of NU trounced Gelo Cere and Mark Crisosto, 6-4, 6-0.

Green Tennisters vs UE

The Green Tennisters looked to bounce back from their last match, this time against the Red Warriors yesterday, February 17. Unfortunately, they fell once more with a score of 1-4.

Orendain once again opened the games but was defeated by Rolly John Saga, 6-2, 6-3. Then, Cano gave the Green Tennisters their first match win, defeating Kyle Joseph Singson, 6-4, 6-2. Shortly however, the Red Warriors returned to their winning ways after UE’s Ranz Javier beat JR Arguelles, 6-4, 6-4. In the first doubles match, the duo of Teng and King Golfo yielded to Jeric Delos Santos and Markvin Marquez, 4-6, 4-6. La Salle’s Crisosto and Andrade did not fare as well, as they were dominated by Justin Guira and Harry Karon, 6-3, 6-0.

Lady Tennisters vs UP

In the women’s division, the Lady Tennisters also started their season with a defeat from the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, 1-4, yesterday at the same venue.

Akiko De Guzman led the Lady Tennisters’ campaign with a dominating win against Ma. Delrose Duran, 6-4, 6-1. However, UP bounced back immediately after Khim Iglupas defeated La Salle’s Angel Santiago, 6-3, 6-2. The Lady Maroons did not look back as Nica Alanis claimed the third singles over Aubrey Calma, 6-2, 6-1. In the first doubles, team captain Jed Aquino and Kiezl De Guzman bowed to Willow Day and Dana Uy, 2-6, 2-6. The second doubles game went the distance with three sets, but Lady Tennisters Arianne Nillasco and Kyla Orillosa succumbed to Francaix Manguiat and Dana Regala, 1-6, 6-4, 2-6.

The Green and Lady Tennisters look to taste their first victories of the season in their next outings. The Green Tennisters will face UP on February 23 (Saturday), 8 AM. On the other hand, The Lady Tennisters will face Ateneo and NU on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both at 11 AM. All games will be played at the same venue.

Lady Archers succumb to Lady Bulldogs, suffer second straight loss

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The De La Salle University fell prey anew to National University as the Lady Archers bowed to the Lady Bulldogs, 64-111, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.

La Salle suffered its second consecutive defeat after losing to the UE Lady Warriors the last outing.

National U imposed its will early and jumped to a 20-0 blitz in the opening quarter with 4:45 to go. Their aggressiveness on both ends of the floor was too much for the green side as they held a 32-7 advantage after the first.

DLSU tried to contain NU as much as they could but a 21-13 second period for the latter added salt to former’s wound, with the Lady Bulldogs stretching the lead to 33 at halftime.

The Jhocson-based squad went on a scoring barrage in the third canto. Rhena Itesi connected with a jumper to give National U its biggest lead of the game, 81-28, with 2:04 remaining.

The Lady Archers fought back until the very end, but the Lady Bulldogs were just a cut above the rest as they pummeled La Salle from start to finish.

Kath Nunez and Ana Castillo spearheaded for DLSU with 13 points apiece, while Camille Claro added 12 points, all from beyond the arc.

On the other hand, Ria Nabalan exploded for 40 points on 61% shooting. She also tallied six rebounds and eight assists. National team player Jack Animam also posted monster numbers with 20 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks, while Itesi chipped in 19 points and 16 boards.

NU also continues to make a mark, extending its win streak to 72 games.

The Lady Archers dropped to a 5-4 record and they will try to bounce back from this defeat as they face the FEU Lady Tamaraws in round 2 on October 27, Saturday, 9am at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

DLSU 64 – Castllo, A. 13, Nunez 13, Claro 12, Castillo, R. 8, Torres 5, Espinas 4, Del Campo 3, Jajurie 2, Paraiso 2, Arciga 1, Revillosa 1.

NU 111 – Nabalan 40, Animam 20, Itesi 19, Pingol 9, Fabruada 6, Canuto 5, Del Carmen 5, Camelo 3, Cac 2, Ceno 2.

Quarter scores: 7-32, 20-53, 31-81, 64-111.

Notable statistics:

Rebounds: DLSU 30-58 NU

Assists: DLSU 16-32 NU

Blocks: DLSU 1-10 NU

FG: DLSU 29%-69% NU

Free throws: DLSU 9/15 (60%) – 20/33 (60%) NU

Points in the paint: DLSU 18-58 NU

Bench points: DLSU 38 – 18 NU