DEFENDING champion La Salle extended its perfect run to four games but not after surviving a tough National University in the last three sets, while University of the East prevailed over Adamson in a duel of winless teams yesterday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Failing to sustain a dominant first set, the Lady Spikers had to grind it out before subduing the Lady Bulldogs, 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22.
The Lady Warriors gave new coach Karl Dimaculangan his first collegiate win with a 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22 over the Lady Falcons in an drawn-out encounter of last-placed teams.
Badly beaten in the opening set, NU, with rookies Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina on the firing end, gave La Salle everything to handle before losing for the second time in three contests.
While praising the Lady Bulldogs for their no-quit attitude, coach Ramil de Jesus lamented his troops’ uncharacteristic miscues in a game that the Lady Spikers were suppose to be in cruise control.
“Sa player ko na iyon eh. Sabi ko sa kanila, pag ganoong pagkakamali, lalo na sa service, kayo na iyon. Hindi na pwedeng isisi pa sa kalaban iyon. Kayo iyon, kayo yung lumabas sa service area, kayo magse-serve, lahat yun kayo gagawa,” said De Jesus.
“Kung mali yun, tayo ang may mali, hindi yung kalaban. So doon ako medyo na-frustrate. Ikaw na yan eh. Parang sa basketball, free throw yan, araw-araw mong ginagawa mo yan. Kung ma-shoot mo, eh di okay. Eh ang nangyari, kapos, hindi man lang tumama ng ring,” he added.
In the men’s division, Pao Pablico had 15 hits as Adamson joined Far Eastern University for the lead with a 3-0 card following a 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 romp of UE, while Bryan Bagunas exploded for 27 points as titleholder NU rallied from a set down to turn back La Salle, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22, to level with University of Santo Tomas at 2-1.
May Luna, whose set-clinching kill in the extended third frame gave the Lady Spikers the upperhand, scored a career-high 14 points while Aduke Ogunsanya had a personal-best 13 points, including three blocks.
Skipper Desiree Cheng produced an all-around game of 12 points, 12 digs and 11 receptions while newcomer Jolina dela Cruz also had 12 hits to go with 16 digs for the Lady Spikers.