Finals rematch: Lady Spikers to fight Lady Eagles

DLSU Lady Spikers and rival the ADMU Lady Eagles have been consistent all throughout the season as both teams occupied the top two of the standings. After wins against National University and Adamson University, the squads have re-booked a repeat of the finals match up last season where DLSU won the championship.
On March 2, at 3:30 pm, the rivals will meet again to bid for game one of the Season 75 Women’s Volleyball Finals to be held at the Araneta Coliseum.

The two squads have met each other twice this season, excluding game one of the finals.


Different rounds, same outcome
In both their meetings, La Salle got the upper hand. The Lady Spikers pulled a mighty 3-2 comeback victory in the first round followed up by a three-set sweep in the second round.
The January 13 match seemed to be for Ateneo in the first two sets. The ladies from Taft, however, managed to whitewash their counterparts to come up with an improbable comeback.
Last February 9, La Salle duplicated the first round result, but this time, the ladies dominated all sets. The Lady Eagles put quite scare in the third set to try to force a fourth set, but the Lady Spikers managed to close out the match.


Department leaders
The ladies from Taft statistically dominated almost all aspects of the game. Blocks and attacks per set went in favor of the Green-and-White clad. La Salle led by 3.88-1.63; DLSU also had an 11-8.63 advantage over the Ateneo.

Ateneo, however, had a 0.4 advantage in service aces but the team had 1.25 more unforced errors than the Lady Spikers.


Top players in previous matches
In the match against Ateneo, DLSU’s Michelle Gumabao averaged 13.5 points in the said encounter while Sophomores Mika Reyes and Ara Galang posted norms of 13 markers.

For the Lady Eagles, Alyssa Valdes took almost all the load, scoring 16.5 markers in the respective matches. Fille Cainglet and Dzi Gervacio chipped in an average of 11 and nine, respectively.


No thrice-to-beat advantage
Last season, La Salle earned a thrice-to-beat advantage because of a sweep in the elimination round. This year, however, DLSU had one defeat in the eliminations.

Adiel Sam De Jesus

By Adiel Sam De Jesus

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