Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Ilongga Aduke Ogunsanya (13) of the De La Salle University Lady Spikers goes up to block a shot by the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday. GOARCHERS.COM
MANILA – The De La Salle University Lady Spikers cruised to an easy 27-25, 25-11, 25-17 win over slumping University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday night at the San Juan Arena.
Mary Joy Baron led the way with 16 points, on seven attacks, six service aces and three blocks, for the defending champion Lady Spikers, which improved to a 8-2 win-loss record.
Kim Dy, Desiree Cheng and Christine Tiamzon each had 11 markers for the Lady Spikers, which can formalize its entry into the Final Four round with a win in its next match.
Libero Dawn Macandili served as the catalyst to the Lady Spikers’ offense and defense with 23 digs and eight excellent receptions to lift DLSU and avenge their shock straight set loss to the Lady Maroons last month.
“Sa first round, nagulat lang sila sa galaw ng UP. Nagpadala doon sila sa sobrang bilis. Yung ginagawa nilang ‘UP ikot‘ na-distract sila kaya na-out-of-focus,” said Lady Spikers assistant coach Noel Orcullo. “This game, sinabihan namin sila na huwag pansinin yun.”
Isa Molde and Diana Carlos had 12 and 11 hits, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, which fell to a 5-5 win-loss slate and is now a full game behind in the race for the last Final Four berth.
Meanwhile, Fauzi Ismail and James Natividad teamed up for 24 hits as the National University Bulldogs sealed a Final Four slot in the men’s division with a 25-21, 25-23, 26-24 win over the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
The DLSU Green Spikers, on the other hand, defeated the Adamson University Falcons, 27-29, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, to tie the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Spikers in fifth place at 4-6 win-loss./PN