Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down Lady Eagles in season opener

Rooks take charge as Lady Booters down rivals Lady Eagles in season opener The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters started their season with a dominating win against arch-rivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 3-0, yesterday, March 6, at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The Ladies in Green started well with numerous attempts to the goal. One of those attempts done at 23’, went in but was disallowed by the referees because Captain Kyra Dimaandal was offside. Nearing the end of the first half, at 36’, Rookie Shai del Campo showed her skills in the box and scored a goal for La Salle for a 1-0 edge.

Then, at 39’, another neophyte in Maye Mendaño, converted a penalty kick given to La Salle after a handball infraction from the Katipunan-based squad. La Salle was up two points to nil at half time.

During the early minutes of the second half, last season’s Best Keeper, Tashka Lacson, had heroic saves that helped the Lady Booters’ defense remain impenetrable. None of the Ateneans’ attempts made it past the DLSU wall.

The Lady Booters didn’t stop pushing even if they had a cushion of two points. Their kapitana didn’t fail to show her team how it’s done as Dimaandal scored a goal at 67’. The game was fast-paced with both teams running up and down the field attempting to score but the game ended at 3-0, giving the Taft-based squad their first victory of the season.

When asked how the game went for his team, Coach Hans said that they only played 80% of the team’s potential, “There were so many mischances, not chances of shots but chances to go on to attack. The rookies played as expected but the thing now is that we need to have more intensity for our next game because we’re playing UST and there’s not many days for recovery”.

Captain Dimaandal invites everyone to come and watch them defend their title against UST and promises a higher intesity game. “I think we played bit relaxed today and I know we can do more. For the next game, we plan on having higher intensities for our match”.

The DLSU Lady Booters will face UST Growling Tigers this coming Saturday, March 9, 1pm at the same venue.

Lady Spikers secure semifinals berth in beach volleyball

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers continue to dominate on their beach volleyball campaign after defeating the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, 21-17, 21-14, on Friday at the Sands SM by the Bay.

The duo of Team captain Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente showed their composure and mental toughness under the scorching sun while being up against a tough as nails team like the Lady Maroons. “It was a good game, we kept our composure, even though may lapses, bumabawi naman”, said Tiamzon after about their mindset for the match.

The first set was won by the Lady Spikers with a respectable deficit 21-17. The second proved to be more exciting after The Lady Spikers looked like they are running away with the lead, 11-7; The Lady Maroons rallied their way, tying the game 11-all before the first time-out. But the Taft-based team kept their dominance and went away to capture the set and and the match, 21-14. “We went back to basics para, to make the game”, pointed out by the veteran Tiamzon on their attitude after the huddle to stop UP’s rally and eventually win the game.

With this win, the DLSU Lady Spikers captures 2nd place and a twice-to-beat-advantage and will face either NU, Ateneo or UP. “Magtiwala lang kami sa sarili, and i-execute lang yung mga trinaning namin”, said Morente after being asked on what can be one of their strategies entering the final stretch of the beach volleyball season.

The Season 81 beach volleyball semifinals begin tomorrow as the Lady Spikers will face either National University or the University of the Philippines on Saturday, October 6 at the Sands SM by the Bay

Lady Shuttlers dominate; Green Shuttlers misfire

It was a match day of contrasting results for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Shuttlers as they took the floor against the badminton bets of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), respectively, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center.

Green Shuttlers vs ADMU

The slate of badminton games began early in the morning with La Salle squaring off against Ateneo. Cayel Pajarillo was first to the floor for La Salle against Fides Bagasbas. Pajarillo absolutely dominated the first set, 21-10. Bagasbas, however, was left unfazed, as consecutive errors from Pajarillo in the end of a tightly contested set two cost La Salle, 18-21. Ateneo was eventually able to cap the comeback with a 21-9 domination in the clinching set. Fortunately for DLSU, they were able to bounce back in the second singles match between Andrew Pineda and Ateneo’s Carlo Remo. Albeit another heated match, Pineda was able to sweep his opponent, 21-14, 21-15.

Cayel Pajarillo and Bless Linaban took the floor for La Salle for the first doubles match, sharing the floor with Ateneo’s pairing of Chan and Bagasbas. The duo of Pajarillo and Linaban proved to be the better team as they were able to edge Ateneo in three sets. Despite trailing by 1-2 in the team scores, Ateneo was able to keep their composure in the second doubles, as another three-setter ended in naught this time for La Salle, with the Remo-Asuncion pairing proving to be lethal against DLSU’s Pineda-Malabanan.

DLSU’s fate came down to Louie Khairiral, as the third and final set saw him going up against Keoni Asuncion. Asuncion got the best of Khairiral, as the Atenean sniped the set, 21-8. Khairiral was determined to bounce back, but it was a little too late as Asuncion won the set 22-20, and eventually, the game for Ateneo.

Lady Shuttlers vs UST

The badminton matches went on in the afternoon, as the Lady Shuttler looked to redeem the incredibly close loss of the men’s team.

And redeem, they did. In domination fashion, no less.

Airah Ablo kicked off the Lady Shuttlers’ reign of terror that afternoon, as the star shuttler stepped up against UST’s Stephanie Mortera. The first set was La Salle badminton at its best, as Ablo absolutely crushed set one at 21-6. Ablo went on to sweep the opposition with a 21-12 second set en route to a 1-0 game lead for La Salle.

The doubles matches were no sweat for the Lady Shuttlers either, as they likewise swept their games. Spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Angelika Paz and Kanna Baba, they were able to edge UST’s Ann Pimentel and Mortera, 22-20, 21-14, 21-17.

Ultimately, it was all up to the final singles match of Kanna Baba to deliver the killing blow. Coming up against Daine Peña, Baba was able to exploit the defense on the way to another La Salle sweep, 21-9, 21-17.

DLSU’s Shuttlers are ready to get right back it on Thursday, October 4 as the Green and Lady Shuttlers face Adamson University and National University, respectively, at the same location.

Green and Lady Woodpushers struggle to close out the weekend

It was not the ideal weekend ender for the De La Salle University Green and Lady Woodpushers in their Season 81 action, as both teams fell to their opponents at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion on Sunday.

Coming in with an unblemished record of 2-0, the Lady Woodpushers were halted by the women’s chess team of the University of the Philippines (UP) with a score of 1.5-2.5.

Meanwhile on the men’s side, the Green Woodpushers still find themselves looking for their first win as they were denied of a victory by the men’s chess team of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), likewise with a score of 1.5-2.5.

Nonetheless, Woodpushers Head Coach Susan Grace Neri still sees the heart and fight in her teams. “The strength parameter of the tournament is really close. talagang hindi nagkakalayo yung lakas ng mga teams this season kaya talagang maganda yung labanan”, Neri proclaimed regarding the heightened competition level within the league. “My teams are doing just fine in terms of adjustment. I believe that the tournament is just starting and there’s still so much potential to unleash and see. Right now, I still have so much faith in my team and in our teamwork in making this season count.”

Both squads will look to bounce back, as the Green and Lady Woodpushers go to battle against Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the East (UE), respectively, on Saturday, September 29 at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Let’s go Woodpushers! Fight for the Green and White!