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La Salle takes charge

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games Saturday:

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

2 p.m. -- UP vs. UST (W)

4 p.m. -- Ateneo vs. NU (W)

LA SALLE put up a clinic in the service zone to beat University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-19,
25-19, and grab the solo lead for the first time this season in the UAAP women's volleyball
tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Spikers unloaded 15 aces - five in every set - as the defending two-time champions
capitalized on the Lady Maroons' weak reception.
    
Dislodging first round leader National University on top, La Salle has won its third
straight game - and seventh overall in nine contests.
    
“We are taking one step at a time. Game by game,” said Kim Kianna Dy, who shared the
scoring mantle with Desiree Cheng for the Lady Spikers with 14 points.
    
Aside from accounting one third of La Salle's total service aces, Dy was impressive in her
net defense, as the Season 78 Finals MVP scored four of her team's five blocks.
    
Far Eastern University was also impressive in its service as it moved up to solo third,
while putting University of Santo Tomas on the ropes with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win.
    
Following up last Saturday's straight set romp of the Lady Bulldogs, coach Ramil de Jesus
feels that the Lady Spikers are showing their true worth.
    
“Well, magandang sign sa team kasi papatapos yung second round, or start ng second round,
maganda ‘yung kinikilos ng team, so magandang sign para sa team,” said De Jesus.
    
“Isa sa mga target namin ay mag one or two. Medyo maganda ang position namin ngayon so
hopefully magtuloy-tuloy.”     
 
The Lady Tamaraws, who will next face Lady Spikers in a match-up that will possibly
determine their Final Four aspirations on Sunday, fired 19 service aces that shattered the
Tigresses' receiving game.
    
“Kahit paano, malaking bagay ito ang pagkakapanalo namin sa UST. Hopefully yung mga lapses
namin, ma-correct going into La Salle game,” said FEU mentor George Pascua.
    
“Bukod sa mag-level up dapat, yung sa mindset, yung decision-making kasi yung kalaban
namin, powerhouse. Kailangang kaming mag-isip. Kailangang maging wise kami. Yung lakas at talino,
kung pagsamahin mo, puwedeng manalo."
    
Bernadeth Pons rebounded from a personal season-low five-point effort against Ateneo with a
15-point, 18-dig, eight-excellent reception outing while Chin-Chin Basas added 10 hits.
    
Tots Carlos paced UP with 16 hits, including two service aces, and 11 digs while Isa Molde
added 11 points.