Lady Spikers show mastery over FEU after winning Finals rematch

Photo By: Flavius Dulce

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers dominated the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24, yesterday, March 16, at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

After missing the game against UE, Desiree Cheng once again remained on the bench as the first set got underway. Ernestine Tiamzon got the nod to start once more and she did not disappoint. The fourth year spiker made her presence felt early, opening up the scoreboard with a solid hit. Her teammates soon followed suit as back-to-back hits from Jolina dela Cruz and Aduke Ogunsanya gave La Salle an early 3-0 advantage. The Lady Spikers capitalized on their momentum and pounced on the Lady Tamaraws’ defense, entering the first technical timeout with an 8-1 lead. From that point on, La Salle continued to look unstoppable as FEU struggled to pull close. The defending champions got their offense going throughout the set, putting a swift end to the Lady Tamaraws in the first set, 25-15.

The early part of the second set was closely contended as FEU began to show signs of life after a poor showing in the opening frame. The set was in a deadlock at 2-apiece before La Salle got rolling again and pulled away from FEU. A hit from Dela Cruz followed by a miscue on the part of the Lady Tamaraws put DLSU on top, 4-2. With the window of opportunity opening for La Salle, the Taft-based squad went on a scoring tear building a four-point lead, 8-4, entering the first technical timeout. After a strong showing in the early part of the set, things went downhill for the Lady Tamaraws. FEU looked dejected in the face of their tormentors from last season.

The team scrambled to get their act together as La Salle continued to gain momentum taking a six-point lead, 16-10, into the second technical timeout. FEU tried a last ditch effort, going on a 5-2 run to pull within four, 15-19. The Lady Spikers tried to pull away behind an offensive barrage from May Luna and Des Clemente but FEU remained within striking distance. The Lady Tamaraws continued to stick close, 22-18, prompting head coach Ramil de Jesus to pull an unexpected move, slotting Cheng in for the first time in the match. With their captain on the floor, the Lady Spikers regained their footing. An attack from Clemente followed by an error on the side of FEU put La Salle at set point, 24-18. The set had a fitting end as Cheng delivered the finishing blow to put La Salle up, two sets to none.

After dominating FEU in the previous sets, the Lady Spikers showed no signs of slowing down. La Salle opened the third frame with another early 8-1 advantage heading into the first technical timeout. The Lady Tamaraws showed resiliency, cutting the deficit by as much as four, 10-14, before DLSU called to regroup. The Lady Spikers responded well off the timeout pulling ahead, 17-11. La Salle appeared to be on their way to an easy straight-set victory but the Lady Tamaraws had other plans.

FEU blasted La Salle to cut their lead to two, 17-15. The Lady Spikers tried to ice the opposing team’s momentum with a timeout but the Lady Tamaraws remained relentless. FEU tied the game at 17 off a hit from rookie, Lycha Ebon. With the game up for grabs, the latter part of the set was heavily contested. Both teams scored back-and-forth. The Lady Tamaraws got the edge over the the Lady Spikers off a hit from Ebon putting them at set point, 24-23. Down one and in danger of losing the set, Tiamzon came through in the clutch and tied the game at 24. With the set on the line, Cheng was supposed to check in but the Lady Tamaraws crumbled under the pressure committing back-to-back errors as La Salle won the match.

Dela Cruz and Clemente were pivotal in their roles powering La Salle’s offense combining for 17 points. Ernestine Tiamzon continued her stellar play winning Player of the Game honors with 13 points on nine attacks, 1 block and three aces.

The win by the Lady Spikers puts them at second place with a record of (5-2), just behind their rivals, the Lady Eagles (6-1).

UAAP Season 81 Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Tracksters

Even though they were outnumbered, the De La Salle Green and Lady Tracksters had a respectable performance after finishing 3rd and 6th place respectively last UAAP Season.

Adapting to a tighter new schedule was one of the early struggles of the team. Fortunately, De La Salle’s Office of Sports Development continues to pursue in sourcing for what they need in spite of the tight schedule that they have.

With a short time for preparation after a change in the UAAP Season calendar, the team took every chance they could get in order to train for the next season.

John Kenneth Nodos joined the Philippine National Games in Cebu last May and the National Open in Ilagan, Isabela last June. Joining Nodos in Ilagan are Team captain Alvin Vergel, Emilio Roxas and Francis Obiena while rookie Daniella Daynata joined them participating in the Junior girls category. Both Francis Obiena and Daniella Daynata later participated at the Hongkong Intercity Athletics Championship, an overseas competition which was held also last June.

The tracksters started their official team preparation at the beginning of the third term last school year. They have joined the PATAFA Weekly Relay series as part of their tune-up meets prior to UAAP Season 81.

New Beginnings

In the male category, four of the team’s multi medal athletes have graduated last Season 80. Michael Del Prado, Erwin Parcon, John Rey Moreno, and Roland Malate all who have contributed significantly to the team standing. There were only two rookies added in the men’s line-up this year; Frances Dayson Velasquez and Joseph Humpay. With Del Prado graduating, the baton of team captain has been passed to Alvin Vergel who is also seeing action after being sidelined last season due to a hamstring injury.

In the women’s category, they are were no graduating players, instead, the team added 7 new athletes in their line-up. They are Daniella Daynata, Princess Decepeda, Kristine Joy Sariola Begata, Laila Domingo, Beatx Clarianes, Sofia Cuevas , and Sophomore Angelyn Choi of whom is expected  to boost their performance this year.

Having the right perspective is the team’s mindset entering the Season. “It’s hard to expect something extraordinary results in competition especially when all schools are all well prepared as well.” Said Coach Edward Obiena who believes that the team will give their best. “So whatever is the result of the competition as long as the best effort was given, we should be happy.” He ended

The Green Tracksters looks to continue where they left off last season, but it will be tall order since they are in rebuilding mode. With most of their key players graduating, they are now looking at their new players and the veterans left in the line-up. Taking the mantle of Team Captain, Alvin Vergel hopes to bring out the best in every single one of them.

“As the captain of the Green tracksters, I always tell my teammates to give it their best shot,” said Vergel, “I expect them to pour everything in each step they take, in each jump they leap, and each throw they make as if it was their last.” he added.

The Lady Tracksters are looking at a fresh but challenging start, but it is a challenge that they are willing to take. Their line-up consists of new faces who are still adjusting to the system but the belief from their coaches and teammates can help them develop.  

Malaki tiwala ko sa girls dahil masisipag sila and alam na nila yung level of competition ng UAAP,” Jewel Manaig said about her belief on her teammates, “we seniors will always be here to support them no matter what,” she added.

Together with the new line-up, veteran athletes will surely be eager to go into the battlefield in hopes of winning it all. Veterans like Jvee Patalud, John Kenneth Nodos, Angel Carino, Jewel Manaig and newly named Team Captain Alvin Vergel. Last year’s women’s team Captain Shaira Hernandez will also be seeing action this season after being sidelined last season due to a recuperating knee injury.

See the De La Salle Green and Lady Tracksters in action this coming November 28 -December 2 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig.

Full Roster:

Green Tracksters:  1. Alvin Vergel 2. Jvee Patalud 3. Kenneth Nodos  4. Kenneth Rafanan 5. Francis Obiena 6. Jan Joseph Coronel  7. Emilio Roxas 8. Manolo Maralit 9. Frances Velasquez 10. Joseph Humpay

Lady Tracksters: 1. Angel Carino  2. Mary Diesto 3. Judy Ann Rendora  4. Melissa Escoton 5. Elrica Guro 6. Shaira Hernandez  7. Jewel Manaig 8. Angeli Din 9. Angelyn Choi 10. Daniella Daynata 11. Princess Daniella Decepeda 12. Kristine Joy Sariola Begata  13. Laila Domingo 14. Sofia Cuevas 15. Beatx Clarianes

Lady Archers slide to 5-5 after another loss to FEU Lady Tamaraws

The De La Salle University losing skid continues as the Lady Archers bowed to the Lady Tamaraws, 62-74, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena, Saturday.

La Salle suffered its third consecutive defeat after losing to the NU Lady Bulldogs in their last outing.

DLSU started out strong with a 6-2 start in the opening quarter. FEU counter-attacked La Salle’s arsenal after pulling defensive stops on the other end. The aggressiveness of Clare Castro and Fatima Quiapo on the defensive side helped the Lady Tamaraws with a 25-18 advantage after the first.

DLSU tried to spark a run after Angel Quingco put up shot after shot, but the dominance of FEU in both ends of the floor contained La Salle’s attacks and adding the lead to 10 at halftime, 38-28.

FEU went away with the lead on the third as the yellow and green put on a scoring rampage. Castro shots kept on connecting giving The Lady Tamaraw’s biggest lead of the quarter,57-45, with 36 seconds remaining.

The Lady Archers fought back with all their might, but the Lady Tamaraw were just too good as they never looked back, dominating La Salle until the very end.

Marie Arciga and Ana Castillo lead the Taft-based-squad scoring 18 and 14 points respectively while Angel Quingco snatched a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Archers dropped to a 5-5 record and they will try to end their losing streak as they face the UP fighting Maroons in round 2 on November 3, Saturday, 9am at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

DLSU 62 –Arciga, 18, Castillo 14, Quingco 13, Claro, 9, Revillosa 2, Paraiso 2, Del Ocampo 2, Jimenez 2, Claro 0, Nunez 0, Binaohan 0.

FEU 77 – Castro, C. 39, Mammaril, V. 10, Quiapo 6, Bahuyan 6, Adriano, E. 6, Antiola 6, Vidal 0, Hortaleza 0, Bastatas 0, Dugay 0.

Quarter scores: 25-18, 38-28, 57-45, 77-62

Notable statistics:

Rebounds: DLSU 32-55 FEU

Assists: DLSU 19-21 FEU

Blocks: DLSU 2-4 FEU

FG: DLSU 32%-48% FEU

Free throws: DLSU 5/12 (41%) – 9/10 (90%) FEU

Points in the paint: DLSU 18-56 FEU




Lady Paddlers climb to 10-0, Green Paddlers suffer fifth straight loss

The DLSU Green and Lady Paddlers are going opposite directions midway through the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament. The Lady Paddlers continue to assert their dominance as the defending champions in the Women’s Division. Meanwhile, the Green Paddlers struggle to find answers against their opponents in the Men’s Division.

Lady Paddlers vs UE

Jannah Romero and Emy Dael would usually open the first two singles matches with destructions of their opponents. And versus UE, it was no exception. Romero swept Celina Vasquez in the opener (11-8, 11-5, 11-1). Then, Dael continued her undefeated streak in all her matches this season with another sweep of Elaine Garrucho (11-8, 11-6, 11-3). However, the Lady Paddlers also continued to struggle against the pair of Mich Abello and Ila Lague. After losing in five sets in Round 1, Caressha Bernaldez this time teamed up with Ina Co instead of Kimberly Lumenda. Bernaldez and Co suffered a defeat in four sets (3-11, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11). Nonetheless, Jhoana Go dominated Joyce San Agustin just like in their first round meeting. The rookie from Taft routed San Agustin (11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2) as La Salle claimed the victory.

Lady Paddlers vs FEU

With barely a change in the lineup of both squads, the Lady Paddlers proved they can repeat their Round 1 win against the Lady Tamaraws. Romero and Dael were armed once again with brooms after making quick works of Josephine Talay (13-11, 11-8, 11-4) and Princess Verano (11-6, 11-1, 11-4), respectively. Co and Kimberly Sorongon finished FEU in a four-setter versus Danah Cruz and Jandra Sacay (11-4, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3) to make official their 10th straight win.

Green Paddlers vs UE

After defeating the Red Warriors in five thrilling sets in Round 1, the Green Paddler ran out of fuel in the second round. UE’s Sandro Cortez trounced La Salle team captain Tarak Cabrido in five sets (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6). First year Paddler Patrick Pasumbal also suffered a beating from Justin Pacana in the second singles match (6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 2-11). Carrying a pivotal 2-1 set lead in the doubles match, Edhric Eder and Vince Remitio had the golden chance to strike one against UE. However, McDranreb Africa and Serge Benoya were able to force a knockout set after winning Set 4, 11-6. Eder and Remitio were comfortably ahead, 7-3, in the fifth set when the Paddlers from Recto exploded for eight straight points to steal the set and seal the five-set win (8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7).

Green Paddlers vs UST

Although rookie Marwin Eder lost his opening singles match against UST’s Josh Castro (6-11, 12-14, 11-9, 6-11), the Green Paddlers were able to recover and gain a 2-1 lead after winning the next two matches. Cabrido defeated Alvin Sevilla in four sets (11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9). Then, the duo of Pasumbal and Remitio swept UST’s Danhil Monares and Carl Victorio (11-9, 12-10, 11-8). However, La Salle could not close out and avenge their first round loss to the same team. The España-based squad tied the match at 2-all with Paul Que’s four-set victory over Espinosa (9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6). Reymark Mabuang edged Ocon in the deciding match to clinch the W for UST and give La Salle its fifth straight loss.

Up next:

The Lady Paddlers confidently sit at the top of the mountain with a 10-0 win-loss record. They look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 as they next meet Ateneo and NU, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, today. The defending champions demolished both teams in straight sets in their first round meetings.

On the other hand, through 10 games, the Green Paddlers sit at fifth place with a 4-6 slate. They next face UP at 8 PM today and Ateneo at 1 PM with a hope of ending their losing streak. The Green Paddlers defeated UP (3-0) and Ateneo (3-1) back in the first round.

Lady Paddlers sweep Round 1, Green Paddlers tied for third

The DLSU Lady Paddlers stayed on top of the standings after sweeping Round 1 of the Women’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament on Saturday.

On the other hand, the DLSU Green Paddlers dropped to 4-3 following back-to-back losses to UST and Adamson on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the tail of the first round.

Lady Paddlers remain unblemished at 7-0

The Lady Paddlers asserted their dominance as the defending champions of the Women’s Division with straight set victories over NU and Ateneo on Friday. Then, they capped the first round with a backbreaking thriller against UST on Saturday. With these three wins, the Lady Paddlers swept the first round of the tournament and gained a 7-0 record.

Lady Paddlers vs NU

Jannah Romero and Emy Dael were in their usual deadly forms, demolishing every opponent that came their way. NU’s Sardalla and Bañares became their respective victims, with the former suffering a 1-11, 3-11, 4-11 loss against Romero. The latter absorbed an even awful 1-11, 1-11, 4-11 dismantling from Dael. In the third and eventual final match of the game, the well-established tandem of Ina Co and Kimberly Sorongon defeated NU’s Castro and Ramirez in four sets. Although they lost the first set, they made it sure that NU would work hard for it, 17-15. Co and Sorongon, nonetheless, bounced back with three straight sets, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7, to seal the win.

Lady Paddlers vs Ateneo

It was Romero and Dael again who played the first two singles matches of the game. This time, against arch-rivals Ateneo, Dael played first. The former MVP made quick work of Ateneo’s Dela Cruz, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8. Then, Romero picked up in the second match with yet another series of low-scoring sets, 11-1, 11-4, 11-1, versus Ateneo’s Cruz. Bernaldez teamed up with Caressha Bernaldez to knock Ateneo’s Calvo and Carado out, 13-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, and push La Salle to 6-0.

Lady Paddlers vs UST

In the rematch of last year’s finals, Romero got into a tight matchup against UST’s Derecho. After taking Set 1, 12-10, she found herself trailing by one set, 1-2, following Derecho’s 11-8, 11-8 wins in Sets 2 and 3, respectively. The rookie avoided a collapse and forced a decider with an 11-5 rout. She then completed the comeback after sealing Set 5, 11-7. Meanwhile, Dael continued her spectacular plays with yet another three-set win, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, over UST’s Draug. Both Dael and Romero were undefeated in all their matches through the first round, with Dael not even dropping a single set.

Up two matches to none, UST came back to even the game at 2-all. Co and Sorongon dropped their doubles match against Ronquillo and Tempiatura in five sets, 4-10, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11. Rookie Jhoana Go also fell to UST’s Gabisay, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11. But, it was co-captain Chantal Alberto who came to rescue the Lady Paddlers with a straight set slap over UST’s Alburo, 11-9, 11-5, 13-11. La Salle’s victory that moved them to 7-0 also stained UST’s erstwhile likewise pristine win-loss record at 6-0.

Green Paddlers still struggling to find their groove at 4-3

While their Lady counterparts are enjoying their winning streak, the Green Paddlers are still looking for consistency midway through the elimination round. After establishing a three-game winning streak, the Green Paddlers failed to sustain their momentum. They finished the first round with losses against UST and Adamson.

Green Paddlers vs UP

Patrick Pasumbal defeated UP’s Cagas in four sets, including a nerve-racking 20-18 Set 3 win. Team captain Tarak Cabrido continued to carry his team after hammering Lamayan, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9. In the doubles match, Edhric Eder and Vince Remitio made quick work of UP’s Lim and Ruelo, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.

Green Paddlers vs UST

Later in the afternoon of Friday, the Green Paddlers faced UST, their Season 79 Finals tormentor. Contrary to his morning output, Pasumbal lost in straight sets, 4-11, 4-11, 3-11, to UST’s Castro. But, Cabrido avenged the loss quickly with a four-set win against Sevilla, 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, to keep the match tied. The España-based paddlers stepped on the gas in the third and fourth matches to win the game. Eder and Remitio received a straight set beating from Monares and Victorio, 8-11, 5-11, 10-12. Then, Daniel Ocon suffered another straight set defeat from UST’s Que, 7-11, 9-11, 6-11.

Green Paddlers vs Adamson

The Green Paddlers’ mindset was on bouncing back and finishing the first round on a high note. Rookie Josiah Espinosa did not fail to deliver. He gave an early lead to La Salle after holding down Adamson’s Monforte in four sets, 11-6, 8-11, 13-11, 16-14. However, Cabrido faced an unfortunate five-set loss after falling short against Rarama, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11. The loss blemished Cabrido’s untainted record in the first round. The pair of Eder and Remitio could not deliver and absorbed a four-set defeat from Balanquit and Coraza, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 8-11. Finally, Daniel Ocon as well picked up a wrong timing as he lost to Eneria, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 10-12. The Green Paddlers bowed to Adamson and tied them at third place with identical 4-3 records.

Green Shuttlers smash Golden Shuttlers to start Season 81

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers started their UAAP Season 81 campaign on a high note after a convincing 4-1 win over the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers on Monday, September 24, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Composure was the mantra of the game for the Green Shuttlers as they rolled past every Golden Shuttler rally to notch their first win of the season.

Andrew Pineda opened the game making quick work of Lorenzo Del Rosario, winning the first set by a mile, 21-8. He then slowed down early in Set 2, trailing by as much as three, 8-11, entering the mandatory timeout. After the break however, he accelerated and blasted a huge 13-3 run to claim the set, 21-14, and the match, 2-0.

In the second singles, Louie Khairial played a seesaw game with UST’s John Paul Yabut as the two were closely tied early in their match. Khairial broke free midway through the opening frame to mount a comfortable 16-12 advantage, which Yabut could no longer overtake. Khairial took the set, 21-15. It was a different song in Set 2 as the Green Shuttler rode on his momentum, leaving the Golden Shuttler behind for most of the period. Khairial took an 18-12 cushion before suddenly seemingly running out of nitro. Yabut made him pay by stringing six unanswered points to eventually tie it at 19-all. The España-based shuttler, with all the fortunes and momentum quickly reversed in his favor, was ready to stage a comeback. But, the Taft-based shuttler kept his composure to salvage the set, 21-19, avoid a monumental collapse, and sweep Yabut’s hopes.

[WATCH Louie Khairial’s winning point in Set 2 of his match against John Paul Yabut.]

Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo represented the Green Shuttlers, who were already up 2-1 in matches, in the first doubles game. On the other hand, with their backs against the wall, UST relied on Kristian Barrios and Juan Miguel Santiago. The Golden Shuttlers couple immediately made their presence felt. They took an 11-5 lead going into the timeout. La Salle did not give up without a fight, even so, as the Taft duo threatened to snatch the set by cutting their erstwhile 9-15 deficit to only one, 19-20. Nonetheless, UST carried on to win Set 1, 21-19. In Set 2, it was a nip and tuck affair between the two tandems as each took turns with the lead, but only up to one point. At 18-all, Linaban and Pajarillo lost their track as Barrios and Santiago completed the sweep, 21-18, and extended the game.

In the second doubles, Paolo Malabanan and Pineda raced to a hot start to quickly drive their opponents away. They led by as much as eight, 16-8, and carried on to a 21-15 Set 1 win. UST’s Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez made adjustments in the second, tying the match at 13-all. La Salle built a three-point gap, 16-13, but UST answered with a 3-1 run to keep the ropes tied, 17-all. The Taft-based squad then made it a 20-19 set. Unfortunately, Malabanan and Pineda could not finish it as an attack from España paved way for an epic 24-22 finish, won nonetheless by La Salle.

[WATCH Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda’s winning point in Set 2 of their match against Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez.]

The Green Shuttlers have virtually already defeated the Golden Shuttlers, 3-1, entering the fifth match. Pajarillo played the last match against John Henrick Peralta. Just way powerful against his opponent, Pajarillo punished Peralta in the opening set, 21-11. Then, he sealed a 21-16 Set 2 win as his team formalized their victory over UST.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face University of the East on Thursday at the same venue.

Lady Spikers trounce Lady Eagles

The De La Salle University Lady Spikers prevail in the continuation of the UAAP Beach Volleyball tournament after facing Ateneo, September 28 at the SM Sands by the Bay.

The Lady Spikers duo of Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente entered the match of the day hoping that the match will ignite the spark between the two spikers. They faced Ateneo Lady Eagles duo of Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston .

In the beginning of the first set, the Lady Spikers were off to a great start after a couple of errors in the Ateneo side together with Morente’s ferocious attacks and aces helped catapult the team with the lead, 4-10.  Ateneo tried a run of their own after two clever plays by Samonte, but Tiamzon always answers with powerful attacks. From there on La Salle pulled away with the first set after Tiamzon took advantage of the bad set of Ateneo and scored, 21-14.

The second set proved to be more exciting as the two teams came neck-on-neck in the beginning of the set. La Salle’s Morente and Ateneo’s Gaston were the key players of the set as they put up attack after attack until two errors helped the Lady Spikers get the lead, 6-9. La Salle took advantage of the errors and made a run, however Ateneo came back and tied the game, 19-19. The two teams didn’t gave way as score after score forced the game to extend until 25. Although the Blue and White team tried to even things up, Tiamzon and Morente denied them from doing so after a series of great offensive and defensive plays, DLSU finally got the win after an attack by Tiamzon ended the match, 23-25.

After the game team captain Tin Tiamzon gave the mindset of the team as they enter the match. “Our mindset was, hindi kami papayag. Meaning we won’t let them get one set and we won’t lose to them” said Tiamzon. Meanwhile her partner, Michelle Morente gave her insights about the second set “During the second set, Tin (Tiamzon) and I trusted each other that we can win the game. said Morente.

The captain also gave comments about her belief that the Lady Spikers can still make it to the top for of the tournament. “I still believe we have a strong chance of making into the top 4” said the optimist Tiamzon “and we will work hard every single game to be better until the very end” she ended. Meanwhile Morente was asked about her feelings on playing against her former team, but she focused on the situation of her current team instead “Well a win is a win so of course I’m happy” said Morente.

The Lady Spikers will face the NU Lady Bulldogs and the UE Lady Warriors this Tuesday, October 2 t the SM Sands by the Bay.

Green and Lady Paddlers look to sustain win streaks

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Paddlers are now on a roll after winning all their games in the second day of the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament last Sunday, September 23, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Gym.

Green Paddlers establish winning streak

The Green Paddlers defeated Ateneo de Manila University in the morning, 3-1. Then, they overcame University of the East (UE) in the afternoon, 3-2.

Ateneo had the early advantage over La Salle following Blue Eagle Parman’s four-set win over Daniel Ocon, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3. La Salle, though, responded with three straight match victories to put the Katipunan-based squad away. Team captain Tarak Cabrido overcame Ateneo’s Chua with a five-set thriller, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5. Then, graduating Edhric Eder and rookie Vince Remitio took their doubles match against Rondolo and Somontina by storm. They sealed it in three quick sets, 11-6, 11-1, 11-7. Marwin Eder, the younger of the Eder brothers of the team, finished the game with his own 3-1 triumph over De Asis.

The game against UE was a different story as it reached five matches. Cabrido continued to dominate his opponents after defeating Valdemoro in four sets, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-2. The Red Warriors answered, with Cortez sweeping Marwin Eder, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6. In the doubles match, the tandem of the older Eder and Remitio carried on with another win. They punished UE’s Wu and Africa in five grueling sets, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6. The Recto-based squad then countered, with Pacana sweeping Josiah Espinosa, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, to force a decider. Ocon, who lost earlier in his match against Ateneo, bounced back big time with a straight-set victory over UE’s Ingeniero, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, to give Green Paddlers their third win in four outings.

Defending champs still immaculate

The Lady Paddlers swept their matches against UP and Adamson University to keep their record immaculate through four games.

Jannah Romero once again started the first singles match for the defending champions. She made a quick work of UP’s Labian with a suffocating 11-3, 11-6, and 11-8 sweep of the match. Then, Erny Dael rode on their momentum with an even strangling conquest against UP’s Royeca, 11-4, 11-4, and 11-5. The combo of Ina Co and Kimberly Sorongon continued the Lady Paddlers’ dance. They lost a set to the pair of Duro and Garcia, but still finished it in four sets, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8.

Versus Adamson, Lady Paddlers co-captain Chantal Alberto started off with an 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 smashing of the Falcon’s Romaguera. Then, Dael sustained her splendid performance, sweeping yet another victim in Adamson’s Ricanor, 11-2, 13-11, 11-2. Co and team captain Kimberly Bernaldez lost the first set of their doubles match against Pangantijon and Dinglasan, 14-12. Nonetheless, they got the better of their opponents in the succeeding periods, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6. Their four-set victory also sealed their fourth win of the season.

Up next:

The DLSU Green Paddlers will next face UP and University of Santo Tomas tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Meanwhile, the Lady Paddlers will try to preserve their spotless card as they go against National University and Ateneo, 8 AM and 1 PM, also tomorrow at the same venue.

Green Archers survive late Warriors scare to grab second straight win

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers halt University of the East (UE) Red Warriors to grab second straight win in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, 82-72, on Sunday, September 23, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

The UE Red Warriors was off to a good start as they opened the first quarter with Pasaol shooting beyond the arc and Varilla’s pull-up to lead 5-0 in the first minutes of the game. La Salle countered with their own 7-2 run as they tied the game 7 a-piece behind Baltazar jumper and Melecio firing from beyond the arc. The Green and White started to make noise as they made another 9-2 run, 16-9, DLSU ahead. At the end of first quarter, 21-14, DLSU.

Green Archers Go, Serrano and Melecio plus a monster rejection from Baltazar opened the second frame that gave DLSU a 27-20 lead. UE’s Gallardo and Cullar stepped up for the Warriors but with the Archers collaborative effort they gained a big lead.

After two quarters, La Salle was ahead by twelve, 39-27. Aljun Melecio led the team with 12 points all from beyond the arc and limiting Alvin Pasaol to only 5 points.

It was a seesaw battle for the UE Red Warriors and the Green Archers as they exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Green Archer Mark Dyke takes the driver seat for DLSU as he adds 5 points. Red Warrior Jason Varilla shines for UE scoring 7 points in the quarter alone. At the end of third period, La Salle ahead, 59-45.

It was a different story in the final ten minutes of the game as Manalang opened the quarter with a triple plus a foul and gave the Veteran Warrior Alvin Pasaol strength as he came back to life and gave La Salle a scare. Pasaol scored 17 points after the Green Archer limited him to only 5 points in the first three quarters of the game. Archer Serrano never gave up and fired back-to-back threes to give La Salle a 73-58 lead over the Warriors. The Warriors was slowly climbing back as they had a 14-9 run in the last minutes of the game.

Aljun Melecio’s thought on the last minutes of the game from the late scare of the Warriors, “I think, first of all di kami sanay na ganun yung lamang namin. Second is, umalis kami sa system kaya nagka-turnovers kami ng marami.”

At the end of Regulation, the red-hot shooting of Aljun Melecio and Justin Baltazar gave the Green Archer its second win of the season, 82-72

Melecio-Baltazar led the Green Archers with 16 a-piece with Melecio shooting 71% from the rainbow country and Baltazar contributing 14 rebounds and 3 blocks.

On the other hand, Pasaol led the Red Warriors after finishing with 22 points. Varilla and Manalang combined for 25 points.

The Taft-based squad will have a seven-day break before facing the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo De Manila University on September 30, October 3 and October 6 respectively. Asked about how they will prepare for the upcoming games Veteran Archer Melecio said, “Wala pa naman preparations pero siguro handle muna namin yung panalo tonight, and tomorrow or Tuesday bagong strategy naman for UP.”

The DLSU Green Archers will attempt to claim another win on Sunday, September 30 against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons at the Mall of Asia Arena.


DLSU (82) – Baltazar 16, Melecio 16, Serrano 11, Go 10, Caracut 9, Santillan 6, Dyke 5, Bates 3, Corteza 2, Manuel 2, Montalbo 2

UE (72)- Pasaol 22, Varilla 14, Manalang 11, Bartolome 6, Maloles 5, Cullar 4, Gallardo 4, Acuno 2, Lacap 2, Strait 2

Green Paddlers split assignments, Lady Paddlers spotless in Day 1

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Paddlers opened their UAAP Season 81 campaign with a five-match win, 3-1, 3-1, 2-3, 1-3, 3-2, against Far Eastern University (FEU) on Saturday, September 22 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Gym.

Later in the same day, they followed it up with a 1-3 loss, 2-3, 3-2, 2-3, 0-3, to National University (NU).

On the other hand, the DLSU Lady Paddlers emerged triumphant in their first two outings after making quick work of FEU, 3-0, 3-0, 3-1, and routing University of the East in four sets, 3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-1.

Green Paddlers Game 1: vs FEU

La Salle got the momentum early in their campaign as they swiftly mounted a 2-0 lead following Daniel Ocon and team captain Tarak Cabrido’s four-set wins against FEU’s Angcos and Villanueva, respectively.

Then, the pair of Green Paddler veteran Edhric Eder and rookie Patrick Pasumbal took a 2-1 cushion over the combination of Tamaraws Lara and Sombilon in their doubles match. Entering the fourth set, however, the former lost grip of their momentum as the latter made them pay. The Tamaraws kept their hopes alive by claiming the fourth and fifth sets, 13-11 and 11-5, respectively, and eventually the match.

The Green Paddlers remained silent as another first-year player in Vince Remitio could not deliver the goods to Taft. He trailed for most of the time in his opening set, before dominating the next period. While he was on the verge of winning the third set at 11-10, FEU’s Siachua strung three straight points to steal the set from him, 13-11.

In the deciding match, Josiah Espinosa, one more of the team’s four rookies, avoided a meltdown in Set 1 after leading FEU’s Santiago, 9-7, near the end of the set. The latter came back and was able to snatch the driver’s seat, 10-9. Nonetheless, Espinosa connected three consecutive points to seal it for La Salle, 12-10. He then stormed back from down four, 6-10, to slowly steal the second period from Santiago, 14-12. The Tamaraws charged in the third set to get on the match scoreboard, but Espinosa finished Santiago and FEU’s chances in the final set.

Green Paddlers Game 2: vs NU

Marwin Eder, the last of the four rookies of the Green Paddlers, started the first match of the team in the second tie. Eder got off to a smooth start in the opening period, playing seesaw with NU’s Ramiro and even posting a 2-1 match lead after three sets. But, as soon as the defending champions stepped on the gas, the rookie could not catch up and fell short in the fourth and fifth sets, 4-11 and 5-11, respectively.

Cabrido lost two tightly contested sets in his match against Sinchongco, 10-12, 9-11, but that did not keep him from coming up big in the next sets. The Green Paddlers team captain raced to a hot start in the third canto to quickly pull himself to within one set, 11-8. Then, with another close finish brewing in the fourth set, Cabrido did not allow his opponent to force an extension of the period, knocking him at 11-9. He finished Sinchongco early in the deciding set after waxing seven quick points to only one from the latter.

Stakes were high in the third match as the winner would claim the pivotal 2-1 game lead. La Salle’s combination of Nathan Siasico and Remitio and NU’s couple of Celeridad and Mogol were in a tug of war as the two teams exchanged wins in their five-set match. The Season 80 champions NU claimed the first and third sets, while the Season 79 champions DLSU took the second and fourth frames. However, it was the former who outgunned the latter in the deciding set, 6-11, to take the 2-1 game lead.

La Salle just completely surrendered to the reigning champions in the fourth set as Daniel Ocon had no answer to Diez of NU. Ocon lost to Diez in straight sets, 5-11, 7-11, 5-11.

Lady Paddlers Game 1:  vs FEU

Jannah Romero started off the title defense for the Lady Paddlers with a dominating victory in her singles match against FEU’s Talay, 11-8, 11-4, 11-1. Then, Erny Dael gave La Salle a commanding 2-0 game lead after pouncing on Verano in another straight-set match, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.

The duo of Lady Paddlers veteran Ina Co and rookie Kimberly Sorongon claimed the first set, 11-5, of their doubles match versus FEU’s Alzado and Sacay before losing Set 2, 7-11. However, they bounced back by claiming two more sets, 11-7, 11-7, to clinch the third match and ultimately the victory for La Salle.

Lady Paddlers Game 2: vs UE

Coming off an impressive sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, the defending champions picked up where they left off after quickly mounting a commanding 2-0 game lead against the Lady Warriors. Romero and Dael each swept UE’s Vasquez and Garrucho, respectively.

The combo of Lady Paddlers team captain Kimberly Lumenda and Caressha Bernaldez took a 2-0 match lead over their counterparts Abello and Lague. Curiously in the succeeding sets, the two just completely lost their direction to sweeping UE. With a 10-8 lead in the third canto, they were shut down while Abello and Lague were able to sneak three unanswered points to steal the set. In the fourth and fifth sets, the duo never even tasted the lead when it mattered the most.

Fortunately, they could still afford one more set as Jhoana Go rushed to a two to none match lead over UE’s San Agustin. The Lady Warrior was able to strike a set against Go, but the Lady Paddler ended her hopes of forcing a do-or-die in the fourth set, 11-7.

Up next:

The DLSU Green Paddlers will face Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of the East (UE) tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Each of the three universities has identical 1-1 records.

On the other hand, the DLSU Lady Paddlers will face UP and Adamson University (AdU) also tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Each of the three universities likewise has identical 1-1 slates.