La Salle will always have a kick out by beating Atenio regardless of the sport. But the Lady Spikers’ win against the defending champions on Tuesday night was a little too much sauce.
Winning the last round of a fictitious contest, a rebuilding La Salle team occupies the No. 2 spot in the playoffs and, with that, is twice as important as defending the beat.
The Lady Spykers won the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 against the Blue Eagles, with the contribution of several key players.
In a tough fifth set, La Salle showed an ice restraint that Atenio failed to register his 10th win in 13 outings.
“We tried to help each other to prove to each other that we could beat Atenio, that’s why we played that way,” said Baby Zine Soreno, who had 17 points to lead La Salle with top gunman Leia Malaluan.
“It’s teamwork,” added Jolina Della Cruz, who finished with 14 points. “It’s not just the result of a player doing everything. We have all proved that we can make points. “
UST No. 3
That teamwork quote was probably motivated by the 29-point performance of Atenio star Faith Nisperos, who took a valuable 12-10 lead in La Salle in the fifth set.
From there, the Lady Spykers hung tight and didn’t let the Blue Eagles threaten.
“Our message to them (the players) is that they want it. If they want enough, they will get it, “said Benson Bokbok, assistant coach at La Salle in the Filipino.
With the win, La Salle also closed a semifinal showdown with its fiercest rival.
The University of Santo Thomas (UST), which defeated the undefeated University of the East 26-24, 25-18, 25-19, took 3rd place and will face the Lady Spykers in the Final Four to win twice. Championship Just do it.
The Tigers had to deal with the cowardly Lady Warriors at set points in the starting frame before whipping themselves to secure their ninth win in 13 US matches.
UST was actually the only team that had a chance to tie La Salle at No. 2, but even then, the Tigers would have lost by quotient.
Ateneo is undoubtedly at No. 4 with a 7-6 record, still within reach of the Adamson Lady Falcons, who were playing at press time.
Not that Spot 4 is valuable at this point. While Ateneo is already weak in retaining the title during the final semifinal berth clich, it will also keep the Blue Eagles in the way of pushing leader National University (NU).
The Lady Bulldogs Far Eastern U, 24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 25-10 has taken a 13th straight win after moving one step closer to winning a straight championship slot and pushing the bottom-ranked semifinalists. A tough step to get to the finals.
Mhicaela Belen led NU with 18 points while Jane Nierova anchored the defense with 18 digs and 12 great receptions as Lady Bulldogs rebounded from an inch push near a sweep of the first round.
“What I observed was that everyone was so tight and that was not our strength,” Nierva said. “What I did was I started to show more strength and showed that I was enjoying the game and everyone did the same.” INQ
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