Lady Maroons repeat over Lady Spikers

ANTIPOLO CITY – University of the Philippines completed an elimination round sweep of defending champion La Salle University with a 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 win in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament last night at the Ynares Center here.

Tots Carlos dropped 13 kills as the Lady Maroons delivered a solid attacking game while capitalizing on the Lady Spikers’ error-filled game to book their second straight victory.

Earlier, Far Eastern University lost Lycha Ebon to injury but was able to fashion out a 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13 victory over Adamson University.

Ebon, who still led the Lady Tamaraws with 19 points, including two blocks, injured her right knee early in the fifth set.

But FEU simply kept its focus in the deciding frame to move in a four-way tie with UP, La Salle and University of Santo Tomas at 5-3.

“’Yung sa amin kasi, good na nanalo, pero bad na yung mga players ko [na-injure]. Hopefully hindi ganoon ka-severe yung mga injury nila. Sana makabalik sila sa next game namin,” said Lady Tamaraws coach George Pascua.

Aside from Ebon, middle hitter Nette Villareal went down to a right ankle injury in the opening set.

A pair of stunners rocked the men’s division, as La Salle, drawing 18 hits and 17 receptions from Chris Dumago, hacked out a 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23 win over UST to tie its victims at 3-5, while UP earned its first win under interim coach Rald Ricafort with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 19-11, 15-11 decision over UE.

Heather Guino-o had 14 markers, while Cza Carandang and Jerrili Malabanan each scored eight markers for FEU.

The Lady Tamaraws raced to a 7-3 start in the fifth set and weathered a stirring Lady Falcons’ comeback as skipper Malabanan and Ced Domingo delivered the key hits.

Eli Soyud unloaded 17 points while Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla tallied 15 points each for Adamson, which remained at the cellar with a 1-7 card.