SportsUAAP: Lady Spikers succumb to AdU in four sets
UAAP: Lady Spikers succumb to AdU in four sets

The DLSU Lady Spikers dropped their second game of the season as they lost to the AdU Lady Falcons in four sets earlier today at the FilOil Flying V Centre,18-25, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25. In the losing effort, Majoy Baron provided La Salle with 13 points on eight attacks and four service aces. Meanwhile, Desiree Cheng added 10 points as well two service aces.

On the other hand, AdU’s Eli Soyud brought the Lady Falcons to victory as she contributed a game-high of 18 points on 13 attacks. With La Salle’s loss, the team now has a 4-2 win-loss record.

 

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Even start

The matchup showed to be lopsided early on, as the Lady Falcons overwhelmed DLSU with its net and floor defense. The Lady Spikers’ movement on defense, on the other hand, was contrasting to AdU’s.

The latter grabbed the lead in the first set, 14-9, following a four-point scoring run. AdU never looked back as key attacks from Soyud and Mary Joy Dacoron were enough to give the Lady Falcons the first set, 25-18

In the second set, the continuous bad receptions of the Lady Falcons haunted them all throughout the set. Despite scoring the first two points, AdU failed to keep its opponents in check as the Lady Spikers went on a 7-1 run with the help of Aduke Ogunsanya’s quick attacks.

The second set did not come easy for La Salle, however, as the Lady Falcons forced numerous errors by the Lasallians. Nonetheless, with the back-to-back service aces of Baron, and the constant errors that AdU committed, DLSU went on an 8-1 run to secure the second set.

 

AdU takes over

DLSU sought to ride off its momentum, after winning the previous set. Both teams closely fought to begin the third, until a kill from Ogunsanya with AdU leading, 9-7, instigated an attacking onslaught from the Lady Spikers.

Halfway through the third set, Cheng converted consecutive points in multiple occasions for La Salle. This rubbed off on her teammates, whose scoring gave DLSU a four point lead, 17-13. The Lady Falcons, however, were not to be denied.

Trailing, AdU scored six straight points, two of which were La Salle’s errors, to regain the lead 19-17. While DLSU attempted to prevent the comeback, Lady Falcons Jema Galanza and Dacoron were too much for the Lady Spikers as AdU went on to claim the crucial set, 25-19.

Although the Lady Falcons were determined to close out the Lasallians, DLSU did not go down without a fight. A couple of kills from May Luna and a service error from AdU provided an 8-5 lead for La Salle.

However, Mylene Paat exploded for six consecutive points on four spikes and two blocks to take the lead. The Lady Falcons sparked an 8-1 run midway through the set which started from a Dacoron block. It resulted to a seven-point deficit for the Lady Spikers, 10-17.

La Salle then tried to answer back through the efforts of Baron and Tin Tiamzon. However, errors became a problem once again for the Green-and-White which built up AdU’s lead. A short 3-0 run from Tiamzon and Dy, though, trimmed the lead to four but Dacoron and Soyud placed Adamson in match point through attacks of their own. Finally, a kill from veteran Lady Falcon, Galanza, sealed the game in favor of AdU, 22-25.

The Lady Spikers will face their archrivals, the ADMU Lady Eagles on Saturday, March 3, at 4 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

The scores

DLSU (84) – Baron 13, Cheng 10, Ogunsanya 9, Tiamzon 9, Dy 8, Luna 4, Layug 3, Cobb 1, Saga 0

AdU (90) – Soyud 18, Paat 15, Dacoron 15, Galanza 10, Permentilla 4, Emnas 1