La Salle wallops UE, secures playoff for semis bonus
MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Lady Spikers inched closer to nailing a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four with a resounding sweep of the UE Lady Warriors in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament.
La Salle made quick work of UE in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-19 win on Wednesday, April 24, at the Filoil Flying V Centre to secure at least a playoff for the win-once incentive heading into the semifinals.
With their 10th win in 13 games, the Lady Spikers remained at 2nd place while the Lady Warriors stayed at 7th place behind a 3-10 card.
Aduke Ogunsanya and rookie Jolina Dela Cruz each scored 10 points to power La Salle, while team captain Desiree Cheng and Lourdes Clemente chipped in 8 points apiece.
Judith Abil notched a game-high 16 points, but she was the only player to score in double digits for UE.
Kath Arado – who had 15 excellent digs for the Lady Warriors – scored a rare point for a libero in the 2nd set only to witness the Lady Spikers go up 2-0 in the match.
La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus decided to shuffle his players in the 3rd set, and the move paid dividends as Ynna Hatulan repaid his trust with back-to-back points that clinched the match for her side. – Juro Morilla/Rappler.com