Lady Spikers succumb to UST, concede twice-to-beat advantage

Photo by: Flavius Dulce

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers absorbed a 1-3 defeat to the University of Sto Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 14-25, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25 in a play-off for number two earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

UST immediately jumped off to a 4-1 advantage following two consecutive errors by La Salle. Cherry Rondina then pushed their lead to five, 8-3 with a crosscourt hit that sent them ahead coming into the first technical timeout. Jolina Dela Cruz inched her team closer with a down the line kill, 10-13, but the Tigresses proved too strong for the defending champions. While the Taft-based squad attempted to rally themselves back, the Espana-based team wasted no time and blasted an imposing 9-3 run to finish the set in 25 minutes of play.

Contrary to the lopsided opening set, it was a different story in the second frame. Both squads were neck and neck until a service error by May Luna broke the deadlock and gave the opponent a two-point advantage, 9-7. In just a moment, the Green and White found itself staring at an eight-point deficit, 7-15 after 6-0 run by UST. To counter this, La Salle hopped on to their own 8-2 run, bringing themselves back in contention, 15-17. Eya Laure’s back-to-back down the line hits brought the Golden Tigresses to set point, 24-18. The Lady Spikers showed composure and cut the disadvantage to one, 23-24, before yielding the set.

This time around, La Salle got the upperhand in the beginning of the set, 6-1 following a Dela Cruz kill block, which immediately vanished as Rondina challenged the blockers to tie the score at seven apiece. DLSU trailed UST since then, but a service ace by Aduke Ogunsanya and another kill block by Dela Cruz switched up the tempo for the Green side. The Lady Spikers refused to wave the white flag and extended the game into a fourth canto.

The teams were nip-and-tuck, until a crosscourt spike by team captain Rondina gave her squad a four-point lead, 9-5, but a 5-0 run by the Lady Spikers capped by Luna’s down the line hit changed the tides for her squad, 10-9. Coach Kungfu Reyes’ timeout deemed effective as it transferred the advantage to them, 16-13 heading into the second technical timeout. From then on, UST’s spectacular floor defense partnered with DLSU’s errors proved too costly as it handed the opposing squad the victory.

Dela Cruz led the way for La Salle with 12 points, while Desiree Cheng and Luna chipped in nine apiece.

On the flipped side, Rondina scored a whopping 29 markers, and Laure added 17 of her own.

Both teams will face off against each other in the Final Four on Sunday, May 5 at the same venue.

Green Booters split elims series against defending champs

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters remained winless in Round 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football tournament after bowing to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 0-2, yesterday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

The defending champions put themselves on the scoreboard after Karl Bugayong nailed a header in the seventh minute of the match. The Fighting Maroons held control of the ball for most of the first half to prevent the Green Booters from scoring.

La Salle saw improvements on both ends of the game in the second half. Unfortunately, just a few minutes coming off the break, King Miyagi tallied another goal at the 51st minute. The Taft-based squad had their chances as Shanden Vergara almost put DLSU on the scoring board. However, they could not keep up with the time as the whistle blew with a final score of 0-2.

The DLSU Green Booters (4-1-4) look to bounce back on Thursday, 3:30 PM, at the same venue as they face their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Lady Tennisters extend winning streak, secure spot in the Finals

Photo by: Arantxa Del Mundo

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters grabbed the top spot in the Women’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament last weekend, March 23 and 24, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Lady Tennisters vs UP

The Lady Tennisters improved to 5-1 after defeating the UP Fighting Lady Maroons last Saturday, 4-1.

Angel Santiago hit the right notes to start the day after sweeping Nica Alanis, 6-0, 6-1. This gave the Green and White a hot start that they are looking for.

In the first doubles of the game, the pair of team captain Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca thrashed UP’s Delrose Duran and Theresa Tan. They took the win in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

Aubrey Calma emerged victorious over Willow Day, 6-0, 6-2, in the second singles match.

The duo Jenni Dizon and Kiezl Diaz squared up in a thrilling battle against Danielle Carranza and Dana Uy. Both sets went the distance, 7-6, but La Salle hung on to win the match.

UP did not leave without a win as Khim Iglupas swept La Salle’s Akiko De Guzman, 7-5, 6-2.

Lady Tennisters vs UST

The Lady Tennisters, last season’s bronze medalists, made official their entry to the grand stage following a 4-1 victory over the UST Golden Tigresses the following day.

La Salle claimed all the singles matches of the game as Calma, De Guzman, and Santiago each picked up wins over their opponents.

Calma notched a sweep over Loraine Barola in the first singles match, 6-2, 6-4. In the second singles, De Guzman also made quick work of Erica Manduriao, 6-4, 6-0. UST’s Merry Rose San Jose, however, pushed Santiago to the limit as they faced off in a three-setter. Santiago would not be denied though as she prevailed, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.

The Lady Tennisters split their doubles assignments as Dizon and Diaz lost the first doubles match to Ingrid Gonzales and Shy May Gitalan. The España-based duo took it in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.

Aquino and Nillasca, on the other hand, pummeled Mean San Jose and Angela Mosqueda, 6-4, 6-2.

The DLSU Lady Tennisters (6-1) will round up the eliminations on Sunday, March 31, 11 AM. They will face second-seeded NU Bulldogs (4-3) with a chance to sweep Round 2.

Eliminated Green Tennisters continue to rack up losses

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters continued to suffer from their losses in the Men’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament last weekend, March 23 and 24, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs ADMU

The already eliminated Green Tennisters recorded another defeat, 1-4, from the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Saturday.

Among the five matches, only team captain Betto Orendain picked up a victory for the Green and White. In the second singles, the Green Tennisters’ team captain dismantled Ateneo’s Iyo Canlas in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

Veteran Rey Mayo went through a tough battle against Gab Tiamson in the first singles. The rookie Blue Eagle dominated the match as Mayo fell, 1-6, 2-6.

In the first doubles match, the duo of Raprap Teng and Jonah Cano succumbed to Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula, 4-6, 5-7.

John Angelo Cerezo and Mark Crisosto bowed to Julian Dayrit and Bong Gonzales in the second doubles match. The Atenean pair displayed great chemistry over La Salle as they prevailed, 6-1, 6-2.

Al Andrade faced Marcen Gonzales in the third singles match. The match proved to be too much for the Andrade as Gonzales took both sets, 6-1, 6-0.

Green Tennisters vs UP

The Green Tennisters engaged in a close fight against the Fighting Maroons the following day. However, they ended up losing anew, 2-3.

Orendain won the second singles in a match that went the distance. The team captain took the first set, 6-4, before Joel Atienza forced a decider, 6-4. Orendain, however, would not be denied as he sealed the victory for La Salle with a 6-2 third set.

The duo of Teng and Cano also logged a win in the second doubles match. They dominated UP’s Elijah Arevalo and Daniel Casipit in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

In the first singles match, Andrade faced Joshua Cano of UP. The first set proved to be too much for Andrade as UP’s Cano won, 6-2. The second set showed glimpses of hope as both players took it to the limit. However, Andrade fell short anew, 5-7.

The pair of Crisosto and Jose Miguel Gran bowed to UP’s Harvey Alanis and Emmanuel Fuellas in the first doubles match. The Diliman-based duo swept the Taft-based duo, 6-1, 6-1.

UP’s Auden Paduganan swept JR Arguelles, 6-3, 6-3, in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (2-9) will round up the eliminations on Sunday, March 31, 8 AM to end their Season 81 campaign. They will face league-leading NU Bulldogs (9-1), who suffered their first loss last Sunday.

Lady Spikers fail to find antidote against Lady Maroons

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers once again fell to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, this time in straight sets, 16-25, 24-26, 19-25, earlier today, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

La Salle got their record stained after bowing down to the same squad in a five-set thriller during the first round of the tournament.

Both teams were nip-and-tuck until back-to-back errors by La Salle forced UP to pull ahead, 14-7. The Lady Spikers attempted to rally some points, but their 10 errors committed were just too much as opposed to only five errors from the Lady Maroons.

The defending champions showed composure and showcased a different La Salle squad to start the second set. The Lady Spikers established a five-point cushion, 17-12, following a setting error violation on Ayel Estrañero. But, things eventually went downhill for the Taft-based squad. After committing one error after another, the girls found themselves staring at a tied game at 19-all. The Lady Maroons then took advantage of La Salle’s three service errors to steal the set, 26-24.

In danger of losing the game all in all, the Lady Spikers jumped off to a four-point lead, 6-2, in the third frame. A service ace by Lorie Bernardo evened the score at 7-all. An attempt straight to the net by Tin Tiamzon switched the tempo and gave the momentum back to UP. Subsequently, a service ace by Desiree Cheng brought La Salle back up, 14-13. It was a chess match from then on as neither squad wanted to concede a two-point margin. However, the Lady Maroons never looked backed when they took the lead at 19-17, handing La Salle their third loss of the season.

Team captain Cheng led the Green and White with 11 points, while Des Clemente and Dela Cruz added six apiece.

On the other hand, Tots Carlos led UP with 13 points, followed by Molde’s 11.

With this defeat, the Lady Spikers (5-3) joined UP, UST, and FEU in a four-way logjam at the second to fifth places.

Ironically, La Salle, the best serving team in the league, committed a whopping 37 errors, 17 of which were from the service line.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will attempt to bounce back against the NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, March 27, 4PM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Green Batters clobber resilient UP squad to complete Round 2 sweep

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Steffi Chua

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters completed their sweep of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament after defeating a resilient University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, 21-9, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

It was a no-bearing game for both squads as the Green Batters have already punched their ticket to the Finals. On the other hand, the Fighting Maroons are no longer in contention for the championship round. Regardless, the victory gave La Salle a huge momentum as it kept their winning streak alive.

La Salle opened the game with a hot start. Diego Lozano instantly provided a home run in the first inning. The Green Batters then added five more points in the second inning. They immediately pulled away from UP, 6-0.

The Taft-based squad continued their offensive barrage in the third inning after Boo Barandian launched a base-clearing hit. Lozano, J. Bilbao, and Casas all returned home courtesy of that double from Barandiaran. On the other hand, the Fighting Maroons ended their cold streak. Yang’s double with two RBIs put up them up to three points. Nevertheless, La Salle remained ahead, 10-3, at the end of third.

The Green Batters cooled down following a scoreless fourth inning. Meanwhile, UP loaded their second and third bases with a Balagtas bunt. Cagas nearly sent Landicho home, but a tag on him ended their offensive. No team scored in the fourth period.

Team captain Iggy Escaño connected on single with an RBI that sent Lozano home in the fifth inning. On the other hand, costly errors from the Fighting Maroons kept them scoreless in their offensive.

At the top of the sixth inning, Pineda reached the third base following one miscue after another from the Diliman-based squad. Evangelista’s pop-fly then pushed Pineda home. At the bottom of the same inning, UP converted after Geronimo reached home. Regardless, La Salle remained unshaken at 12-4 after six cantos.

Into the seventh, La Salle was already looking good in sweeping their series against UP. Ignacio sent Acuña home after hitting a double. Then, Gesmundo followed suit after two defenders missed Pascual’s short stab. Subsequently, another error from UP’s pitcher and catcher made it possible for Escaño to steal a run. Down by 10 at the bottom of the seventh inning, UP responded with Cagas and Yang racing home.

Not looking back, the Green Batters loaded their bases to open the eighth frame. However, a fly ball from Pascual became easy to catch for the defenders as the Taft-based squad could not capitalize.

After missing their shot, nonetheless, La Salle turned the top of the last inning into another scoring party. Rookie of the Year Angelo Tantuico started the barrage for the Green Batters after completing a run batted in by Acuña. Lozano, Acuña, Escaño, and UAAP MVP Kiko Gesmundo all completed the five consecutive runs made by the Taft-based squad.

The Green Batters finished the elimination round with a seven-game winning streak and a win-loss record of 8-2. They return to the grand stage for a chance to redeem themselves from their bitter loss last season. However, they will do it with a different opponent this time.

The best-of-three Finals series against their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles will start next Friday, March 29, 12 NN at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. Animo!

Lady Booters dominate Lady Maroons to stay unbeaten

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters cruised past the University of Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, 3-0, to garner their second win and remain undefeated in UAAP Season 81 earlier today at the Circulo Verde Pitch.

The defending champions drew first blood at the 28th minute courtesy of a Kyra Dimaandal goal. The team captain’s top-right corner attempt from outside the box off an Irish Navaja assist put La Salle ahead, 1-0.

UP gave a scare at the 40th minute with a spectacular kick to the right, but reigning Best Goalkeeper Tashka Lacson was able to put a stop to it with a high diving save.

Six minutes after the restart, the Taft-based squad doubled its advantage following a Navaja close-ranged goal. The 5th year veteran took advantage of the loose ball after a save by UP’s goalie to give La Salle a two-goal advantage.

At the 59th minute, the Green and White hit the nail in the coffin with a Shai Del Ocampo goal off a Sara Castañeda assist to push her team’s lead to three. The super rookie has now scored in each of the three games she has played thus far this season.

The Lady Maroons found it difficult to put themselves on board as the Lady Booters showed spectacular defense, manned by Lacson.

UP attempted to get a consolation goal at the 89th minute, but Lacson proved too strong for the Lady Maroons as a 1v1 play resulted in favor of the Green and White to secure a clean sheet for her.

With the victory, the Lady Booters improved to seven points with a 2-1-0 win-draw-lose record.

Catch the Lady Booters as they play against the FEU Lady Tamaraws (2-0-1) on Wednesday, 3PM at the same venue.

Lady Batters frustrate Fighting Lady Maroons to start Round 2

Photo by: Kiana Carlos

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters broke their three-game slump with a commanding 10-3 victory against the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament yesterday, March 4, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

With the win, the Lady Batters keep themselves above 0.500 with a 4-3 win-loss record after finishing with 3-3 at the end of the first round.

Contrary to their previous outings, the Lady Batters showcased a different performance today, starting strong with a zinger to middle-left by team captain Jamica Arribas that sent Alipato to third base. A boomer by Badeth Benson put the Green and White on the scoring board as it brought Alipato home. Soon after, a double by Roselle Dela Rosa extended their lead to three, 3-0, to end the top of the first inning. On the defensive end, an error by La Salle sent UP’s Ferrer to second base, to which they capitalized with a run by Suelto. A wonderful diving save by Chinny Ejar from a sac bunt prevented the Fighting Maroons from adding more runs. La Salle led UP after one inning, 3-1.

Rookie Kiana Juan partnered her good pitching in the previous inning with spectacular hitting that immediately brought her to second base. A sac bunt by Miranda moved her to third base. Then, a Nica Velasco boomer to the left gave La Salle a 4-1 lead. A miscommunication by DLSU sent UP’s Bernabe to second base, but the former made up for it with good defense that kept the opponents shut.

The Taft-based squad slowed down in the third inning with Alipato, Arribas, and Benson failing to beat the throws. The Lady Maroons took advantage of this, starting the bottom of the third inning with a well-timed hit by Suelto for a double. A zinger by Legaspi then sent her home, cutting UP’s deficit to two, 2-4. Another runner eventually scored for UP to pull them to within one, 3-4, at the end of the third frame.

La Salle started the fourth inning with a walk for Dela Rosa. A miscue by the basemen gave Dela Rosa an easy run, breaking UP’s momentum. The Lady Batters, however, failed to take advantage of their loaded bases and no-outs as Velasco, Arroyo, and Alipato all soon struck out to end the top of the inning. Meanwhile, Juan once again showcased her spectacular pitching, returning the favor to three consecutive batters of the opposing squad. The Lady Batters remained up, 5-3.

A walk by Velasco started things off for the Lady Batters in the sixth inning, followed by a pop-fly by Mercy Arroyo, moving Velasco to second base. Benson’s double finally brought Velasco home, extending La Salle’s lead to 6-3.

In the last inning, a pitching error by UP gave Ejar a walk. A roller by Juan sent her to third base, before Arroyo capped it off with a run that gave La Salle a four-point advantage, 7-3. The Lady Batters showed no signs of stopping as Arribas brought Juan home. Benson batted a boomer that sealed the deal for La Salle, sending two runners home for a final score of 10-3.

“Ang sarap ng feeling na nakuha naming ‘tong sa UP. Yun ang target namin eh,” said head coach Jasper Cabrera, referring to his team sweeping the opponents in the eliminations. “Yung motivation namin sa players, magclick lang yung batting nila, mabuo yung kumpiyansa ito bumaling yung strength namin, yung three wins nung first round,” he added.

He also commended rookie pitcher Kiana Juan’s performance on today’s game. “Malaking bagay nakuha namin ito para mabuo yung kumpiyansa nila at tuloy tuloy na itong batting nila. Maganda yung pinakita ng rookie naming na si Juan, 10 strikeouts.”

The DLSU Lady Batters (4-3) will face Ateneo on Thursday, March 7, 1 PM at the same venue. They defeated the Lady Eagles in the first round, 8-1.

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 Batters rout UP to start Season 81 on a high note

Written by Rejean Cheska Erfe-Mejia and Jennifer Gwen Marie Serrano

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters commenced their road to redemption with a domination of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 12-2, in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The game began on a defensive note as the pitchers did their best to strikeout their opponents. As the Green Batters’ defensive plays came in, soon their offense followed with consecutive hits, giving them the upper hand for majority of the game in the first six innings. Eventually, mercy rule has been called in the seventh inning, 12-2, in favor of the Green and White.

Rookie Luis Miñana showed an impressive performance in his collegiate debut, tallying a total of six strikeouts throughout the six innings he played in.

Team captain Iggy Escaño was satisfied with the outcome for their first game of the season. “Our defense and pitching were strong throughout the game, which made us have a comfortable lead.” He added, “Offensively, we were able to pour on more runs to end the game early.” However, he also noted the team’s tendency to cool down late in the game. “Definitely, there is still room for improvement especially in the aspect where our offense started off strong but cooled down. We shouldn’t let that happen in the next games.”

Now at 1-0, the DLSU Green Batters look forward to maintaining their early momentum as they face the NU Bulldogs on Wednesday, February 20, 7 AM at the same venue.