Of the teams National University has faced this season, Adamson has proven that it could whip Lady Bulldogs – for at least one set.
Coach Carl Dimakulangan admits it was a “test of maturity and character” for the Lady Bulldogs In Asia Arena.
“We’re looking forward to the final four or how far we can go this season,” Dimakulangan said. “But first we have to learn to play without seeing too much standing.”
Of course, it’s hard to ignore the win-loss column, especially for a team that has yet to lose 11 matches in UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball.
The Lady Bulldogs, who virtually sewed the No. 1 spot, gave the Lady Falcons their fifth loss in six wins.
And in the race for second place, La Salle showed the transformation of its untested crew, beating the University of Santo Thomas (UST), 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-8.
It was a crucial win for the Lady Spykers, their eighth win in 11 games giving them a key edge to a double-loss advantage in the semifinals.
Returning to their first-round tormentors, Lady Spykers discovered key players they could use as the basis for rebuilding a dynasty they once enjoyed.
“Players’ performance is increasing,” said Benson Buckbok, assistant coach at La Salle.
Leila Cruz led La Salle with 15 points.
Fifi Sharma and Thea Gaggett added 13 points and Jolina Della Cruz and Aleya Malaluan added 11 and 10 points respectively.
La Salle’s Setter Mars Albao was an opening in the distribution of 25 excellent sets that made things even harder for the UST.
“Maybe it’s because of the situation or because it’s a good time. He knows who’s on fire. It’s a good experience for him, “he added.
The Tigers exploited their second consecutive defeat and moved to third place 7-4. In the first round, the highest scorer in the league, Aya Lore, was limited to eight points after battling the La Salle defense.
It didn’t help that UST made 31 errors (as opposed to La Salle’s 24) and out-attacked (53-34).
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