Published on March 15th, 2018 | by Jhenel Marienella Laus0
DLSU Lady Spikers extend win streak with sweep of UP Lady Maroons
The De La Salle University Lady Spikers remained undefeated in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Tournament after a commanding win over the University of the Philippines Fighting Lady Maroons, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Spikers bested the Fighting Lady Maroons in almost every department as La Salle made quick work of UP in a game that lasted for only 73 minutes.
La Salle started off a 5-3 lead after a one-two play by Michelle Cobb. A back-row attack by Desiree Cheng ended a long rally that gave her team a 7-4 lead. After the first technical timeout, Cheng connected back-to-back attacks to make it a 10-6 game. The Lady Maroons rallied two straight points coming to cut the deficit down to two, 8-10. But La Salle countered with a 4-0 run behind Cheng’s back-to-back aces and an attack from Kim Dy. La Salle led UP heading into the second break, 16-9. Following errors from the latter, the former ballooned their lead to eight, 18-10. The State-U tried to rally but another back-to-back aces from Cheng and a combination play for Tin Tiamzon sealed the first set for La Salle, 25-15.
Dy caught fire at the service line to open the second set, hitting three straight serves for a 7-3 lead. After an attack from Cheng, UP rallied a 5-1 run that tied the period at 9-all. The Lady Spikers, behind Dy’s blockd and Cobb’s ace, retaliated with five straight points to reclaim the lead, 14-10. But, the Lady Maroons were quick to answer as they cut La Salle’s lead to one anew, 15-14. Dy, Tiamzon, and Aduke Ogunsanya had their own kills. On the other hand, UP tried to close in their unfinished business, coming up with another offensive run. Nonetheless, two more points by Ogunsanya gave La Salle the second set, 25-19.
The third set saw a different story as both teams were head-to-head on both ends. La Salle and UP countered each other but an ace from Tiamzon gave the former the lead, 11-10. The Taft-based squad converted either from attacks or serves and the opponent errors for an 18-15 lead. The Katipunan-based squad held on to cut the deficit down to one, 17-18, leading La Salle to a timeout. The Lady Spikers found their rhythm to finish the match as Ogunsanya paced them to match point, 24-19. She eventually finished the set, 25-19, and the match, 3-0.
Desiree Cheng earned back-to-back Player of the Game citations after leading her team with 14 points on ten attacks and four aces. Kianna Dy also finished with 14 points on five serves and four blocks, while Dawn Macandili had twenty excellent digs.
On the other hand, UP’s top scorer Tots Carlos led her team with a game-high 16 points, while Isa Molde had 10 points in their sixth loss in nine outings.
The DLSU Lady Spikers pushed their win streak to three games and grabbed solo lead with a 7-2 win-loss record. They will face the 6-3 FEU Lady Tamaraws, who have won five of their last six games, on Sunday, 4 PM at the same venue.