DEFENDING champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 to gain a share of the lead in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Spikers unloaded a 9-1 run to capture the opening set and withstand a Lady Falcons fightback from a 9-18 deficit in the third to rise at 2-0.
”Hindi ko rin inaasahan gagalaw nang maayos ang mga bata. Knowing Adamson, very effective ang floor defense tapos, good passer. Maayos din ang set play nila. Siguro, mas nakakilos lang ng maayos ang mga bata,” said La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus.
Rookie Jolina dela Cruz sustained her stellar play for the Lady Spikers with 10 points and 18 digs, while Aduke Ogunsanya and Desiree Cheng each had nine points.
La Salle and idle University of the Philippines are the only undefeated teams in the young season.
Earlier, National University, now down with 10 women for the meantime, surprisingly swept University of the East, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, giving new coach Norman Miguel his first win.
In the men’s division, Bryan Bagunas came through with 24 points as titleholder NU rebounded from last Sunday’s shock straight sets loss to FEU with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 romp of UE, while Pao Pablico produced 18 points as Adamson gained a share of the lead with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17 conquest of La Salle.
The Falcons joined the Tamaraws at 2-0.
Joni Chavez ably filled the void left by injured setter Joyme Cagande, tossed in 14 excellent sets as the Lady Bulldogs scored a breakthrough win that they really wanted.
”Hindi ko ma-express kasi alam naman natin lahat ang struggles ng team. Sobra-sobrang challenge na nangyayari sa amin. Dito sa pagkapanalo namin, masaya kami,” said Miguel, the team’s third coach in five seasons.
Rookie Ivy Lacsina, touted to be Jaja Santiago’s heir apparent, had three blocks to finish with 18 points, while veterans Roselyn Doria and Audrey Paran chipped in 12 and 10 hits, respectively, for NU.
The Lady Bulldogs became the first team to win in straight sets fashion, and the unlikeliest of that, having lost Cagande indefinitely due to knee injury.
Parading a young team, NU will continue to push on despite the tremendous odds.
”Marami pang kailangang pagtrabahuan pa. Siyempre, we won’t stop here sa first win, di ba? Kumbaga sa amin, regardless kung ano ang composition ng team namin, kung gaano kami kakonti, kung ano ang mga nangyari, this will not make us a lesser team. We will strive harder,” said Miguel.
Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors with 10 hits and 10 receptions, Meanne Mendrez chipped in eight points and seven digs, while libero Kath Arado collected 14 digs and nine receptions.
UE and Adamson are now tied at the bottom of the standings at 0-2.