Lady Spikers yield to UST anew, bid farewell to four-peat dreams

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers bowed out of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament after losing anew to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses in five sets, 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 10-15, earlier today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

After falling early into a deep two-set deficit against the Tigresses, the Lady Spikers showed a massive 14,000 crowd the heart of a champion, climbing back up and forcing a deciding set. However, it was just not for them as they eventually surrendered the game, the campaign, and the ever-elusive four-peat chase.

With this defeat, the Taft-based squad also snapped their decade-long Finals appearances.

In what was seeming like a straight-set victory for the Golden Tigresses, head coach Ramil de Jesus shuffled his cards and found an ace in Julia Ipac. The fourth-year spiker immediately converted consecutive kill blocks that ignited a 7-0 run for La Salle, which handed them an 18-15 lead. There was no looking back for the Lady Spikers as the entire team caught fire, keeping them alive in the contention, 25-20.

The Taft-based squad jumped to a 4-1 advantage, before UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes called for time and the España-based squad closed the gap to one, 3-4. Since then, it was nip-and-tuck affair as no team wanted to concede a three-point advantage, until Ysa Jimenez hammered a free ball, and brought them in front by four, 16-12. La Salle attempted to fight back, but a lucky return by KC Galdones gave UST the first set.

It was a similar encounter in the second frame: La Salle leads at the beginning, then UST overtakes. Five service errors committed proved too costly for the Green-and-White as every time they tried to build momentum, the serve fault breaks it.

This time around, it was the Gold-and-White who had the advantage at the head of the fourth canto, 5-1, following a series of errors by DLSU. But, the latter immediately made up and tied the set at five apiece. It was a nail-biter since then, as both teams refused to wave the white flag, countering every run the opposing team produces. La Salle maintained a three-point cushion towards the end of the set, avoiding a collapse and forcing a decider, 25-23.

Every time the Lady Spikers attempted to fight back, UST seemed like they always have the antidote. The Golden Tigresses glided to a 3-0 lead and maintained at least a three-point margin since then. De Jesus brought back in veterans Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Cobb in hopes of changing the complexion of the game, but to no avail. La Salle got to as close as a point, 10-11, following a bullet by Aduke Ogunsanya off a free ball. However, that proved to be their last point for the season as UST ran away to take the set and the match, and book their first Finals appearance since Season 73.

Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz spearheaded La Salle’s offense with 12 points, followed by team captain Desiree Cheng and Ogunsanya with 10 each. Lourdes Clemente and Ipac each chipped in seven markers, while May Luna contributed six markers.

On the other hand, Eya Laure exploded for 25 points, while team captain Sisi Rondina had 17 of her own. Galdones added 11, while Caitlyn Viray scored 10 for her team.

Team captain Desiree Cheng leaves the Lady Spikers as part of the UAAP Seasons 79 and 80 champion teams. She was the Finals MVP in Season 79 and the league’s Best Server in Season 80. On the other hand, Lourdes Clemente maxes out her UAAP eligibility after having played her first four collegiate years for the UPHSD in the NCAA.

Scores:

DLSU (2) 98 – Dela Cruz 12, Cheng 10, Ogunsanya 10, Clemente 7, Ipac 7, Luna 6, Tiamzon 4, Alba 1

UST (3) 108 – Laure 25, Rondina 17, Galdones 11, Viray 10, Jimenez 6, Bicar 5, Pacres 1

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

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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 Spikers survive Maroons late scare, exit Season 81 on high note

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers edged the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in a five-set thriller, 25-21, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 15-11, to end their season on a positive note earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With both teams out of Final Four contention, It was a no-bearing game but they made sure to end this season with a bang.

On his last game representing the Green and White, team captain Cris Dumago led the way with a whopping 23 points off 18 attacks, three service aces, and two kill blocks.

It was a chess match, no team wanting to concede a two-point lead, until a smart placement hit by Wayne Marco put La Salle ahead by two, 13-11, which was then pushed further to five, 16-11, courtesy of a kill by Kieffer Reyes heading into the second technical timeout. The Taft-based squad maintained at least a four-point margin throughout the remainder of the set, before a Reyes c-quick handed La Salle the 1-0 set advantage.

The Green Spikers immediately jumped to a 4-1 lead following a crosscourt cut shot by rookie Bill Anima. The UP squad were still in step until a service ace by Dumago extended La Salle’s lead by five, 14-9. The Fighting Maroons attempted to rally some points, almost succeeding at some point, cutting the deficit to two, 14-16, following an attacking error by Geraint Bacon. However, the Green and White proved too strong for UP, immediately finishing the set, 25-21.

The Fighting Maroons refused to wave the white flag as the Green Spikers struggled to find their groove, committing errors after another, ending the lopsided third set with 11 miscues.

Once again, it was nip-and-tuck affair in the beginning of the fourth frame before the Taft-based squad started to pull away 11-6 following a Jerry San Pedro error. La Salle was still leading 16-12 in the second technical timeout, but Gian De Jesus’ service error after proved too costly as it initiated a 5-1 run by UP to tie the set at 17. No team wanted to concede the set, but it was a hammer by Consuelo off a free ball that sent the match to an extension.

Contrary to previous sets, UP got the upper hand in the beginning of the deciding set, 3-0, after a kill block on Dumago’s hit. However, Delos Reyes showed composure and refused to give the game up, scoring La Salle’s first three points to bring them in step, 3-4. Once again, The Maroons attempted to step on the gas pedal, pushing their lead to three, 6-3 following a Ruskin Ijiran soft hit. However, the Green and White got back to their senses and avoided a collapse to claim the game, 15-11.

Following Dumago’s stellar performance, Anima contributed 22 markers while Reyes chipped in 18. Setter Marco also tallied 32 excellent sets for the winning side.

Meanwhile, Millete scored 23, while graduating seniors Gian San Pascual and San Pedro had 16 and 14, respectively. Jerahmeel Baldelovar also showcased spectacular setting, tallying 33 for his team.

The Green Spikers finish the tourney at sixth place with a win-lose record of 5-9.

How La Salle reasserted its mastery over league-leading Ateneo

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After the victory over the Adamson Lady Falcons, Head Coach Ramil De Jesus said he wanted his squad to surprise rivals Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles anew in the second round. And surprise them they did as the Lady Spikers sent the Katipunan crew crashing back to Earth with a straight-sets beatdown.

Prior to the match, most fans (including me) anticipated a nip-and-tuck affair, but we were treated to a shocker, too. Standing at the front corner of the isle side-court, I expected a different Ateneo squad simply because they have long been wanting to exact revenge on DLSU – the team which they have not beaten since the second round of Season 79. It felt like it at the start. However, the brilliance of Coach RDJ and his staff was again on full display as the Lady Spikers shut their arch-nemeses down convincingly with their tricks.

La Salle showcased a masterful performance, removing doubts on the capabilities of the team winning its fourth consecutive title this year. The win over ADMU sent a warning to the rest of the league that DLSU is peaking just at the right time. No matter how bad they looked with their losses, the crown still sits in Taft. Perhaps, the Lady Spikers have now activated their championship mode?

The volleybelles in Green started with the most effective strategy that they have been using against the Lady Eagles: challenging their floor defense. Ateneo has vastly improved with its digging (currently at #4) and reception (#2), but La Salle still put them to the test. In the early moments of the first set, the Lady Eagles kept in-step with the defending champs. La Salle’s mentor could not wait any longer, so he pulled off one of his tricks immediately. May Luna checked in for Tin Tiamzon. Game changer. The fiery outside hitter caught the blue side off guard with her jump float serves. One of the sharpest of its kind I have ever seen. From my position at the Araneta Coliseum, that volleyball really looked like an arrow daggered to the heart. It was fast. You know it’s coming at you, but you just do not when and how fast it would strike down. From there began the destruction of Ateneo as Luna made a living at the service line. Most of her serves were not necessarily converted to aces, but they ruined the Lady Eagles first ball, hence the few chances to attack for ADMU. The Green and White had 8 service aces compared to Ateneo’s 3. La Salle also dominated the attacking department, 37-27. It is also important to note that the reigning champs limited their foes to only 3 attack points in the second set (25-13). A dismal performance to say the least for the second-best spiking team in the league.

Another bright spot for DLSU was Michelle Cobb’s setting. Her playmaking took away Ateneo’s main weapon: blocking. The Lady Eagles’ walls were non-existent, ending up with 0 kill block. On offense, Cobb made her middles and outside hitters work. She pressed the right buttons to counter ADMU’s defense. The only glaring stat is that the third-year setter only tallied 16 excellent sets, while her counterpart Deanna Wong had 21. The St. Scholastica alum’s decision-making paved the way for her spikers to be confident with their attacks. When the Lady Eagles established their blocking, the Lady Spikers would go for cut shots and long balls. When the opponents were a step slower on defense, then it was an opportunity for heavy hits. Heading into this game, La Salle’s spiking was a primary concern. However, thanks to Cobb’s magic, towers Des Clemente and Aduke Ogunsanya were able to punish from the middle, while the outside hitters especially Jolina Dela Cruz, kept the other side guessing.

On defense, it is still amazing how DLSU quickly turned things around. The net and floor defenses of the Lady Spikers were inconsistent coming into this game. However, they just flipped the switch against the Lady Eagles and reminded everyone who the best defensive team really is. Coach De Jesus’ crew built an impenetrable wall, posting 6 kill blocks. The team had lesser excellent receptions and digs, but that’s because of Ateneo’s disrupted offense, leading to multiple chance balls throughout the match. Much of the credit should also be given to CJ Saga who played her best game for La Salle this season. Saga is no Dawn Macandili (there will never be another Dawn and she admits that), but she got the job done. DLSU’s defensive ace played with a chip on her shoulder, and she stepped up with the rest of the team.

La Salle knows how to beat Ateneo. The Lady Spikers have been giving the Lady Eagles riddles that they still could not answer. The Taft squad’s mentor proved once again that he could mold his team to its best form, no matter the personnel he has. It’s just sticking to what has been working for the past three years, while also adding “surprises” here and there. Just like that, La Salle is back to its championship form and a 10-game winning streak was snapped. Coach Ramil revealed to us his magic, and we hope to see more along the way. Two games left in the eliminations and there is no holding back en route to that elusive four-peat.

DLSU’s last two assignments in the eliminations will be against UE and FEU on April 24 and 28, respectively.

Green Spikers succumb anew to Soaring Falcons

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers fell to the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons in four sets, 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 19-25 at the Araneta Coliseum, earlier today.

Adamson made quick work of La Salle in the first set, launching from a 4-1 lead following a team captain vs team captain joust between Paolo Pablico (AdU) and Cris Dumago, which was won by the former. DLSU tried to rally some points, but struggled to find its groove, giving Adamson the first set in just 20 minutes of play.

Once again, The Green Spikers found themselves down early in the second set, 0-3, after a series of errors, but got back on their feet to tie the game at five apiece. Stellar floor defense showcased by the Green and White shifted the lead to La Salle, 11-10, following a Dumago crosscourt hit that ended a long rally. La Salle maintained a three-point cushion since then, but four straight points by AdU changed the complexion of the game and made the Green Spikers surrender their advantage, 19-20. However, the combined efforts of Dumago and rookie Gerian Bacon finished the set in favor of the Green and White, overcoming a 23-21 advantage by AdU.

It was a chess match, no team wanting to allow a two-point lead until a Carlo Jimenez drop gave the San Marcelino-based crew an 8-4 advantage heading into the first technical timeout. From then on, the opposing squad never stopped putting their feet on the gas pedal, leading to as much as seven, 17-10, after a bullet by Geoffrey Alicando. The Soaring Falcons did not look back and capped off the set with a forced error from Dumago.

Although La Salle showed Animo in the fourth frame, the number of unforced errors were just too much. The boys in green immediately found themselves staring at a 2-6 deficit following an unorthodox hit by George Labang. The Soaring Falcons extended their lead to six, 18-12, with a drop shot by Pablico that ended another long rally. La Salle refused to wave the white flag as a service ace by Billie Anima, and back-to-back offensive blocks by Kieffer Reyes and the team captain gave DLSU a glimmer of hope, cutting the deficit to two, 16-18. However, Adamson showed composure and countered with an offensive block of their own, courtesy of Alicando. Jimenez then gave the match to his team with a drop shot that fooled the entire Green Spikers squad.

Lone bright spot Dumago spearheaded La Salle’s offense with 18 points followed by Anima’s 10 and Reyes’ 9.

On the flip side, three Soaring Falcons tallied double digits as Pablico scored 18, Leo Miranda had 13, while Labang finished with 10 markers. Setter Jimenez was hailed as the best player of the game with 35 excellent sets and six points.

The Green Spikers now hold a 4-8 win-loss record slate.

Catch our men’s volleyball team as the Green Spikers attempt to bounce back against the FEU Tamaraws on April 24, Wednesday, 10AM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

On A Roll: Lady Spikers make quick work of Lady Falcons to boost Final Four bid

The De La Salle Univesity Lady Spikers had one thing in mind earlier today: DOMINATE.

And they did just that as the team swept the Adamson University Lady Falcons for their third consecutive win, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

DLSU, very much, has control of its own destiny, and the victory only solidified the team’s bid in booking a return trip to the semis now that it holds an 8-3 record.

Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz took the spotlight, leading La Salle with 13 points and 10 excellent digs. Team captain Desiree Cheng chipped 11 points, while Aduke Ogunsanya posted nine. Back-up libero Ferlyn Nomil also shone on the defensive end with 13 excellent digs.

The Lady Spikers were all about business in the first set as they went off to a blazing 16-5 start and they never looked back.

In the second set, the Taft squad once again jumped to an 8-3 advantage, but the spikers from San Marcelino got their acts together to tie the match at 14. La Salle countered with its own version of a run behind the heroics of Dela Cruz and Tin Tiamzon as they eventually captured the set.

DLSU established another early lead in the third set. Adamson then cut the deficit down to two, but the Green and White shrugged off ADU’s rally and ballooned back its lead to six, 19-13, to take the fight out of the Lady Falcons.

The Lady Spikers locked down Adamson’s offense as leading scorers Trisha Genesis and Bern Flora only dropped seven points each.

La Salle next faces arch-nemesis ADMU Lady Eagles on Saturday, April 13 at 4 pm.

Green Spikers bow down to defending champs NU Bulldogs in straight sets

The De La Salle University Green Spikers fell anew to defending champs National University Bulldogs in straights sets, 20-25, 21-25, 16-25, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

National-U’s defense dominated in the first set as it created an early separation from La Salle, 13-8. JD Inocentes, then, provided spark off the bench to help the Green Spikers come to within three, but the Bulldogs kept the Taft squad at bay with Bryan Bagunas capping the first frame victory via an off-the-block hit.

DLSU had a better start in the second set, but it was still NU who raced to an 8-7 advantage heading into the first technical timeout. A string of errors from the Green side plus power hits from Bagunas and Angelo Almendras buried La Salle down by six, 12-18. The Green and White refused to let go as it rallied back to cut the deficit down to two in the latter moments of the set. The Bulldogs however spilled the hopes of the Green Spikers and sealed the two sets to none advantage.

The Jhocson-based crew looked to end La Salle in the third set. With another bunch of miscues, impenetrable defense, and booming hits, NU was on its way to victory in sweeping fashion. DLSU trailed by as much as eight, and eventually bowed down to the streaking National-U.

No Green Spiker barged into double digits in scoring with team captain Chris Dumago and JD Delos Reyes tallying only eight points apiece for La Salle. The team also dropped to a 4-7 record.

On the other hand, Bagunas erupted for 23 points in 21 attacks and two service aces, while Almendras and James Natividad added 11 and nine points respectively.

 

Lady Spikers take down Tigresses as Cheng posts new career-high

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Flavius Dulce

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers avenged their first round loss against the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses with a four-set win, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, yesterday, March 31, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The game’s beginning proved to be a difficult task for the Lady Spikers as they struggled with early errors from net touch violations and failed attacks. UST led La Salle, 8-4, at the first technical timeout after a net touch violation on Lourdes Clemente. The Lady Spikers remained kept themselves within striking distance by cutting the deficit to two, 14-16, at the second break. However, the Golden Tigresses pulled away with three straight points off the timeout. An ace from Roldan put them to set point, 24-18, before they took the set, 25-21.

The succeeding sets shifted the momentum in favor of the Lady Spikers, though it was no simple challenge. An attacking error from EJ Laure gave la Salle a 4-1 lead. On the other hand, a mis-hit by Jolina Dela Cruz tied the game at 5 before Tin Tiamzon’s error gave the lead to UST, 6-5. La Salle regained the driver’s seat at 10-9. They then came up with a 6-1 run that saw a Desiree Cheng block on Laure and an Aduke Ogunsanya denial on Dimdim Pacres. Dela Cruz joined the block party with a rejection on Sisi Rondina to as the Lady Spikers put up their biggest lead, 18-11. UST clawed their way back with a 6-1 run, but DLSU relied on their champion defense to take the second set, 25-23.

A service error by May Luna put the Lady Spikers behind the Golden Tigresses, 9-12, in the third set. But, the same set also saw a 10-point run from the defending champions turn that three-point deficit into a seven-point edge, 19-12. Cheng located an open corner to put La Salle up, 22-14, before a net touch violation on Laure put the Lady Spikers to set point, 24-17. But, Ogunsanya shut down the door on UST, 25-19, to post a pivotal 2-1 set lead.

The fourth set was a rather close game between the two teams. With UST determined to take the game into a fifth set, La Salle held up their defenses against their hungry opponents. An ace by Tiamzon gave them an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout. But, the Golden Tigresses would not let go as the set was still tied until 20-all. Marionne Alba served up an ace and Cheng denied Rondina to give La Salle a breathing room ahead, 22-20. The Lady Spikers committed two errors that brought up the stakes and tied the game at 24-all. Laure had a chance to put UST to set point, but Clemente came up with an emphatic block as La Salle ended the set with the win, 26-24.

Team captain Desiree Cheng surpassed her recent career-high performance against NU with a whopping 20 points on 14 attacks, three kill blocks, and three service aces.

The Lady Spikers now sit at solo second behind their archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles. They carry with them a win-loss record of 7-3.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will face the Adamson Lady Falcons on Sunday, April 7, 2 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Straight-set victory puts the Green Spikers back in winning column

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers found their way back as they defeated the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 29-27, yesterday, March 31, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Although they drew first blood, the Green Spikers committed two service errors early into the game. The first set was a close game, with both teams consistent in answering each other’s points. Inoferio put UE on top at the first technical timeout, 8-7. The Red Warriors proved to be difficult challengers as their key players Inoferio and Abalon kept the race tight. An error by Geraint Bacon put the Green Spikers down by three, 15-18. However, five unanswered points capped by an Inoferio error gave the lead back to La Salle, 20-18. The Taft-based squad never looked back and sealed the first set, 25-21.

La Salle started the second set slowly, trailing by three, 3-6. Not long after, it was the same seesaw ride midway through the set as the Green Spikers took the driver’s seat, 12-11 with a Cris Dumago tip. The second set saw a more offensive side of La Salle with the team captain hot at the Red Warriors’ feet. However, UE answered with four straight to lead by two, 16-14, at the second technical timeout. JD Delos Reyes knotted the set at 17-all before Paul Serrano gave the lead to the Green Spikers for good, 20-19. Gian De Jesus’ service ace closed the set in favor of the Green and White, 25-22.

With their backs now against the wall, the Red Warriors were even more determined in the third set as they pulled away from a 9-all knot and widened the gap to 16-11. On the other hand, the Green Spikers saw themselves on a six-point deficit, 18-24, after a net touch violation. However, a block from Delos Reyes ignited a fire from within his team. Anima and Reyes contributed as La Salle slowly erased the deficit and tie the game at 24. The Red Warriors held on to several set points, but La Salle took the match point at 27-26 following an error on UE. La Salle’s defense earned them the set, 29-27, and the victory.

The performance brought by an assertive La Salle squad pushed them up the ranks at fifth place with a 4-6 win-loss record. Dumago offered 12 points from 11 attacks and one block to lead his team.

The Green Spikers will go against the league’s current top seed, the NU Bulldogs on Sunday, April 7, 8 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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.