SportsUAAP: Lady Spikers cruise past AdU in season-opener
UAAP: Lady Spikers cruise past AdU in season-opener
November 23, 2014
November 23, 2014

The DLSU Lady Spikers displayed their winning form early on as they won against the Adamson Lady Falcons in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17.

Ara Galang led the squad in a dominating performance of 27 points off 22 attacks and five blocks. Camille Cruz also added 10 points as La Salle overcame their slow start against AdU.

The Lady Falcons relied heavily on Amanda Villanueva, Mylene Paat, and Jessica Galanza, who all provided the spark in AdU’s offense as they scored 16, 15, and 13 points respectively. However, Adamson eventually missed the services of last season’s key players in the third and fourth set as they struggled to keep up with La Salle’s offensive rally.
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Slow start

The Lady Spikers opened the first set at a slow rhythm as the Lady Falcons were able to quickly pace themselves, 8-4, heading into the first technical timeout. Several defensive lapses from La Salle halted them from taking the lead as they were down by four for most of the set. However, DLSU was able to complete a late rally behind the efforts of Galang, closing the set to their favor, 25-23.

The second set followed almost the same storyline in the second set, as several errors on the Lady Spikers put Adamson to lead by as much as nine points. Back-to-back points by Desiree Cheng, capped by a Mika Reyes service ace tied the match at 16. But La Salle was unable to pull away, with AdU responding to every point. Adamson seized the opportunity off La Salle’s errors late in the set as they claimed it at 26-24, preventing the Lady Spikers from staging another comeback.

Back in the rhythm

Composure was the name of the game for the Lady Spikers as they rode on a double digit lead midway through the third set. Adamson’s atackers were unable to slice through La Salle’s blocking department and floor spacing, allowing DLSU’s advantage to balloon to as much as 11 points. The third set ended with the Lady Spikers displaying their dominance, 25-14.

The Lady Spikers rode on this momentum, heading into the fourth set. Unlike in the first two sets, La Salle raced to an early 3-0 lead. AdU then answered with a rally of their own, putting the set at deadlock, 5-5.

The La Salle defense which mostly emanated from their frontline stagnated most of the offensive tricks planted by AdU, denying the Lady Falcons of a chance to turn things to their favor. Consecutive points from Galang and Camille Cruz helped La Salle pull away, as they eventually took the set, 25-17.

Next up for the Lady Spikers are the NU Lady Bulldogs whom they will face on November 26, Wednesday at 4 pm in The Arena in San Juan.

The Scores:
DLSU 3: Galang- 27, Ca. Cruz- 10, Reyes- 9, Cheng- 6, Fajardo- 5, Dy- 5, Soyud- 5, Cerveza- 3, Baron- 1

AdU 1: Villanueva- 16, Paat- 15, Galanza- 13, Alkuino- 5, Guevara- 5, Emnas- 3
Set Scores: 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17