Lady Spikers rebound big, rip Lady Bulldogs

DEFENDING champion La Salle pulled off a dominant 25-20, 25-18, 25-10 win over National University to rediscover its winning ways yesterday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Spikers were efficient in the one-hour, 29-minute contest, recording only a season-low 10 errors, something that was in contrast in last Sunday’s demoralizing 16-25, 24-26, 19-25 defeat to University of the Philippines, where La Salle gave away 37 free points from its miscues.

“Yun ang pinakamabigat na loss namin. So sinabi ko sa kanila, huwag ninyong isipin na mahina yung team. Sa bawat composition ng team, may kanya-kanyang strength. Iba yung strength this year, iba yung strength last year. Kailangan  nating maniwala sa team natin. Maniwala sa sarili natin,” said Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus.

“Lagi kong nire-remind na kung less yung errors, malamang mananalo. Kapag ibinigay mo yung error ng kalaban, point iyon eh,” he added.

Earlier, Cait Viray had a career game as University of Santo Tomas bounced back from its previous loss to Ateneo with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 demolition of a listless Adamson side to improve its record to 6-3 and remain level with La Salle in second place.

Desiree Cheng had two of the Lady Spikers’ eight service aces to finish with 17 points and her leadership carried the Taft-based squad to victory that they badly wanted to keep within the top two range.

Tin Tiamzon was the other La Salle player in twin digits with 11 markers, including two service aces, to go with six receptions while Lourdes Clemente had five blocks for a nine-point effort.

Roselyn Doria had 11 markers, including two service aces and provided the Lady Bulldogs’ lone block of the match.     

The Lady Bulldogs’ main offensive weapons struggled big time, as Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina were held to single digits.