La Salle, Ateneo to pursue the leaders

Fifi Sharma (right) is the highest scorer for La Salle.  -UAP Media

Fifi Sharma (right) is the highest scorer for La Salle. -UAP Media

De la Salle and Atenio de Manila won reverse victories on Tuesday and maintained their respective climbs in the standings of season 84 of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

The Lady Spikers, led by Aleya Malaluan and Justin Zazarano in 1-2 punches, defeated the University of the Philippines (UP) at 25-12, 25-17, 25-19, where the Lady Eagles recovered from the second set at the Mall of Asia Arena at University of Stumbled to post 25-14, 20-25, 25-11, 25-14 wins against The East (UE).

Malaluwan drilled a game-high 16 points with five receptions for La Salle, a great defensive outing from Jazareno, who finished with 12 great digs and 11 great receptions when the Lady Spykers went 4-2.

National continues to lead the field with a 6-0 record and staying in the top two is crucial.

“UP has started strong and well that we are preparing hard for them,” said La Salle assistant coach Benson Buckbok after the Lady Maroons lost to Lady Maroons for the third time in six games.

The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, won the third game in a row and improved to level 3-3 while Faith Nisperos backed him up with 19 points from 15 attacks and Vanny Gandler backed him up with 16 points from 12 attacks, three coming.

“We are not calculating the streak. We just want to be better at each game, and this game is no different from the other games we had to prepare for, “said Atenio coach Oliver Almadro. “We know for a fact that (UE) will fight it, as it did in the second set.”

Carrying the pace of a stunning third set win, Atenio entered the second technical timeout of the fourth frame to take a seven-point advantage to take a 23-11 lead which proved to be a huge deficit for the Lady Warriors to overcome.

UE lost the sixth match in a row.

The Lady Red Warriors suffered a major blow and Ja Lana was injured in the fourth frame after a bad fall for a block. INQ

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