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UAAP volleyball: Lady Spikers stay perfect

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games Saturday

(Filoil Flying V Centre)

8 a.m. -- Ateneo vs. UE (M)

10 a.m. -- FEU vs. UP (M)

2 p.m. -- Ateneo vs. UE (W)

4 p.m. -- FEU vs. UP (W)

DEFENDING champion La Salle remained perfect but not without overcoming a tough Far Eastern
University stand, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament last
night at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Spikers were at match point in the third set before the Lady Tamaraws got their
second wind to extend the game and eventually force a decider.
    
The game was hanging in the balance in the fifth set when La Salle broke away from a 5-5
standoff, as FEU gave away four points from errors and Desiree Cheng closed out the game with a kill
from a superb Michelle Cobb toss.
    
“Ang sabi ko nga, yung 24th point, napakadaling kunin pero yung one point, napakahirap. Iyan
ang sinasabi ko sa kanila,” said Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus. “Hindi namin ma-minimize ang
errors.”
    
Letting it rain in the service zone, Adamson exceeded its one-win output last year and moved
up in third place with a 25-9, 27-25, 25-20 win over University of the Philippines in the curtain
raiser.

Kim Kianna Dy had 18 points, including two blocks, reigning MVP Majoy Baron added 16 points,
while Aduke Ogunsanya added 11 points, including four blocks, for the La Salle.

The Lady Spikers doesn’t mind going through the tough grind.
    
“It’s a good thing. Kasi at least nakikita mo kung anong dapat ayusin sa team at ma-test
yung character,” said De Jesus, as La Salle will face National University in a duel of unbeaten
squads on Sunday.
    
Bernadeth Pons had 21 hits and 22 digs while Ced Domingo had five blocks to finish with 12
points for the Lady Tamaraws.
    
The Lady Maroons’ weak reception has revealed, which resulted in the Lady Falcons’ 17
service aces.
    
It was Adamson’s first winning streak since collecting back-to-back victories to end its
Season 78 first round assignments late in Feb. 2016.
    
The seniors delivered anew for the Lady Falcons, as opposite spiker Mylene Paat unloaded
eight of her 15 points from service aces, Jema Galanza had 14 points and nine excellent receptions,
while setter Fen Emnas tossed in 34 excellent sets and scored half of her eight points from the
service zone.
    
“I love these girls,” said Adamson mentor Air Padda with a smile on her prized trio.
    
No doubt, the Lady Falcons’ turnaround made possible with Paat and Emnas, who missed the
entire campaign last year for various reasons as Galanza almost single-handedly took charge of San
Marcelino-based spikers campaign.
    
“They came back for a reason. They came back for a purpose which is to accomplish
something,” said Padda on Paat and Emnas.
    
The struggles go on for UP, which fell in a tie with FEU, Ateneo and University of Santo
Tomas at 1-2, as it stayed in the dugout for almost two hours to ponder what went wrong.
    
Tots Carlos was the lone bright spot for the Lady Maroons with 12 hits, 10 digs and six
excellent receptions.
    
In men’s play, JP Bugaoan had three blocks and two service aces to finish with 19 points as
FEU overcame La Salle, 25-22, 15-25, 30-28, 25-22, to stretch its perfect run to three games.
    
Adamson, behind Pao Pablico’s 23-point outing, turned back UP, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-19,
to barge into the win column.