UAAP: DLSU Lady Archers nip UST Lady Tigers in volleyball for a 7-game sweep

January 9, 2012 11:45 pm 

Games Wednesday (Arena, San Juan)

9:00 a.m. — Adamson vs Ateneo (men) <br>10:30 a.m. — DLSU vs UP (men) <br> 2:00 p.m. — FEU vs NU (women) <br> 3:30 p.m. — Adamson vs Ateneo (women)

MANILA, Jan. 9 (PNA) — De La Salle University showed the poise of a champion at crunch time, rallying from six points down in the fifth set to frustrate University of Santo Tomas’s upset effort, 20-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 17-15, and sweep its seven-game first-round campaign in the UAAP Season 74 women’s volleyball last Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.

It was a close shave for the Lady Archers, but despite the struggle, head coach Ramil de Jesus was satisfied.

“A win is a win. Mas polished ang galaw ng UST sa game na ito, sa blocking, receive at floor defense,” De Jesus said.

Behind middle hitter Maika Ortiz, the Tigresses, smelling upset, raced to a 7-1 lead in the fifth set. But there was no denying the Lady Archers, who flashed the form that won them last season’s crown to make them heavy favorites anew this year.

“Ang positive thing sa nangyari ay doon na-test ang puso ng mga bata,” De Jesus added.

The victory snapped the four-game winning run of the Tigers, who fell to a 4-3 record behind Ateneo (5-1) and Adamson (4-2).

The Lady Eagles play the Lady Falcons to close the first round campaigns at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Arena.

Also playing their last matches in the first round Wednesday are Adamson and Ateneo at 9 a.m. and De La Salle and University of the Philippines at 10:30 a.m. in the men’s contest and Far Eastern University and National University at 2 p.m. in the women’s side.

Abigail Maraño had 18 hits with five blocks and Cha Cruz and Michelle Gumabao made 17 and 16 points, respectively, for De La Salle, which has beaten UST for the fifth straight time since the last season.

“Maganda ang ginawa na adjustments ng La Salle sa laro,” said UST’s rookie coach Odjie Mamon, who got 18 hits and three blocks from Ortiz and 14 points from Maru Banaticla.

Also last Sunday, University of the East snapped a three-game skid by beating UP, 13-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-14. The Lady Warriors closed out the first round with a 2-7 win-loss card, while the Lady Maroons dropped to 0-7.

In the men’s contest Sunday, reigning champion UST edged FEU, 14-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 15-11, and NU downed UE, 27-25, 25-20, 25-16. (PNA)<br>DCT/scs/LOR

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