UAAP Volleyball: La Salle finally hinders UST Challenge, revenge for losing season 81

Le Salle's Leela Cruz and Fifi Sharma.  UAAP pictures

Le Salle’s Leela Cruz and Fifi Sharma. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – Leila Cruz and Fifi Sharma offered their vengeful victory to their La Salle seniors against the University of Santo Thomas, who were eliminated in the final four three years ago.

Cruz has unveiled his best game of the season so far and Sharma has reached the final as La Salle lost to UST, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-8, UAAP season 84 women’s singles second pick. Volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

It was Lady Spykers’ first win against the Tigers since 2019, losing three straight games and five set meldowns from Season 81 Final Four this year.

“I’m very happy because I helped my team bounce back against UST,” Cruz said after playing 13 points in 13 attacks and two blocks.
“It will give us confidence, help us maintain our momentum and strengthen our gelling as a team.”

For Sharma, their inspiration is their seniors Des Cheng, Tin Tiamjan, Aduke Ogunsanya and Michelle Kobe, who missed out on their final playoff season in 2019 after being knocked out in the final by CC Rondina-led UST.

“I am really happy because everyone has contributed. I think this is the first time we have scored five players in double digits. We’ve also taken revenge on our seniors since losing that season 81, “said Middle Blocker, who had 13 points.

In addition to Cruz and Sharma, Thea Gaggett also scored 13, with Jolina Della Cruz and Leah Malaluan adding 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Lady Spykers have held Aya Lorek with a weak offensive clip of her UAAP career-low eight-point 60s-60s.

Mars Alba in La Salle.  UAAP pictures

Mars Alba in La Salle. UAAP pictures

La Salle coach Benson Buckbok credited their balanced attack to setter Mars Alba, who had 25 excellent sets, ending the UST’s three-game winning streak against them.

“Another good show for Mars. This is the first time this season that he has balanced his teammates, maximizing his spikers and creating the right timing for players who are hot. Hopefully, we can see more of this from Mars, ”he said in Filipino language.

Bokbok, Ramil de Jesus’ assistant coach, was happy that this batch of Lady Spykers had finally been able to claim a single second place with an 8-3 record against the Lore-led Tigers.

“It’s important for the players. Because this batch of Lady Spykers had a chance to get back to the level of our previous players (in 2019), ”said Bakbok. “They have played well, and hopefully, for the rest of the season we will be able to hold this kind of level and their character is fearless and refuses to lose every game.”

La Salle, which has won three games in a row, will face the University of the East on Saturday and will face Atenio on Tuesday next week and Adamson on Thursday.

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