MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)– The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers swept the recently-eliminated University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22, on Sunday, April 8, at the Filoil Flying V Center.
After the Tigresses cut the deficit to one, back-to-back blocks by Kim Dy and Majoy Baron gave DLSU a 3-point cushion in the last stretch of the 3rd set. The Lady Spikers were two points away from taking the match until Sisi Rondina's back-to-back attacks made it a one-point game again.
Kim Dy nabbed match point and May Luna completed the straight-set domination for DLSU.
The Lady Spikers improved to 10-2 while the Golden Tigresses fell to 4-9 in the UAAP Season 80 Women's Volleyball tournament.
DLSU is one win away from clinching a twice-to-beat advantage.
Dy led the Lady Spikers' balanced scoring with 12 points off 8 spikes and 4 blocks.
Rondina exploded with 23 points off 21 spikes, one block, and one ace, while making 11 excellent digs.
The Tigresses had the upper-hand over the Lady Spikers in the first set as they were two points away from taking the first set with a 4-point lead, 23-19.
The defending champions snapped out of their slow start with 6 unanswered points that closed out the first set to their favor.
DLSU made up for their slow start in the first set with a strong 6-1 lead in the second set. The Golden Tigresses still challenged the Lady Spikers as they tied the score at 19-all.
UST's efforts failed to edge out the Lady Spikers as Dy denied Milena Alessandrini for the 2-0 advantage. – Rappler.com
DLSU (3) – Dy 12, Baron 9, Ogunsanya 8, Cheng 5, Luna 5, Tiamzon 4, Cobb 3, Tiu 1, Ipac 1
UST (0) – Rondina 23, Bicar 10, Francisco 6, Palec 4, Viray 3, Dizon 1
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.