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La Salle caps off dominant Season 85 with reverse sweep of NU for 12th title

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La Salle caps off dominant Season 85 with reverse sweep of NU for 12th title

ON TOP. La Salle star rookie Angel Canino reacts at the UAAP Season 85 women's volleyball tournament

UAAP Season 85 Media Team

UAAP rookie MVP Angel Canino and Best Middle Blocker Thea Gagate lead a five-set finals Game 2 turnaround over NU to help La Salle clinch its 12th women's volleyball title

MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Lady Spikers are back on top of the UAAP women’s volleyball landscape after pulling off a Season 85 title-winning reverse sweep over the NU Lady Bulldogs, 19-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 15-10, on Sunday, May 14.

With the win, the vaunted Lady Spikers are now 12-time UAAP champions, all under legendary head coach Ramil de Jesus.

Rookie MVP Angel Canino steered the La Salle offense anew with 19 points while fellow standout rookie Shevana Laput added 12 points.

Two-time reigning 1st Best Middle Blocker Thea Gagate provided the finishing touches in the heart-stopping fifth-set charge to complete the five-set turnaround for 17 points, nullifying Alyssa Solomon’s 34-point explosion.

Captain Mars Alba was named Finals MVP after a 16 excellent-set outing in the clincher.

Burning hot with momentum after blowouts in third and fourth sets, La Salle again started strong with a 5-1 surge in the deciding fifth frame before NU eventually fought back within one, 10-9.

However, that was as near as Lady Bulldogs could get after Gagate found a higher gear in the clutch, capping a personal 3-0 spurt with back-to-back blocks on NU leaders Solomon and Bella Belen for the insurmountable 13-9 separation.

Solomon only managed one championship point save, 14-10, following a Leiah Malaluan off-the-block score before Gagate – who gifted NU the Season 84 title off a service error – came full circle with the title-winning kill.

NU now heads back to the drawing board as it is set to lose captain Pricess Robles, former Best Libero Jen Nierva, and setter Joyme Cagande. –

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