UAAP Volleyball: La Salle 3 wins away from season sweep after drubbing UP

Myke Miravite
The De La Salle University Lady Spikers overcame a hitch in the second set to cop their 11th straight win this year as they blanked the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons.

MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University Lady Spikers overcame a hitch in the second set to cop their 11th straight win this year as they blanked the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the 76th UAAP Women’s Volleyball tournament, Saturday, February 1 at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Taft-Avenue relied on Ara Galang as she finished with 17 points on 12 attacks, two blocks, and three service aces to thwart the upset-conscious Lady Maroons who kept them on their toes especially in the second set.

The Lady Spikers, eyeing to protect their 26-game unbeaten UAAP run, cruised to an easy 25-15 first set triumph behind the efforts of skipper Abi Marano and Galang who caught fire right from the opening play.

It was a different story in the second set, however, as the Lady Maroons exposed La Salle’s vulnerability, capitalizing on the defending champions’ complacency to notch a 10-3 cushion.

The Lady Spikers then went on to pile up more errors as UP held them off for most of the frame until last year’s co-MVPs Galang and Marano snapped out of their funk to tie the game at 20-all.

Smelling blood, Marano scored three of La Salle’s last five points in the frame to send her team to set-point but Katherine Bersola put on a last-ditch effort with back-to-back hits to cut their deficit to just one, 23-24.

It was Cyd Demecillo, though, who delivered the knockout blow as she gave La Salle a 2-0 set lead, 25-23.

Setting the record straight, La Salle simply demolished UP in the third with Galang sparking a 9-2 blast to open the set while Mika Reyes did the finishing touches to take the frame, 25-12.

“Coach reminded us to respect our opponent. We were too complacent in the second set,” Galang said shortly after the game. 

Coach Ramil de Jesus’ wards are only three games away from pulling off an eliminations sweep with University of Santo Tomas awaiting them on their next game next Saturday, February 8.

UP, meanwhile, drops to 1-10 to stay ninth and will face National University next on Wednesday, February 5. – Rappler.com