UAAP: Lady Spikers cruise past AdU, take second straight win

Earlier today at the FilOil Flying V Centre, the DLSU Lady Spikers cruised past the AdU Lady Falcons in three sets, 25-12, 25-16, 25-15. The Lady Spikers booked their second consecutive victory and now hold a 4-1 win-loss record. Although La Salle capitalized on its height advantage, Dawn Macandili was named player of the game for her stellar floor defense. The Libero finished with 16 excellent digs and 18 excellent receptions.

“Since yung team namin pataas na, we plan to keep our momentum para tuloy-tuloy yung pagpeak namin,” the De La Salle Zobel alumna pointed out.

Kim Kianna Dy led the Lasallians with 15 points on 10 spikes, three service aces, and two blocks. Aduke Ogunsanya also finished with double figures. The sophomore recorded 11 points coming from seven spikes and three service aces.

In their losing effort, the Lady Falcons were led by Jessica Galanza and Bernadette Flora. The prior finished with seven points, all of which came from spikes. Meanwhile, the latter notched four points, all of which also came from spikes. After five games so far, AdU remains winless and has yet to win a set.

Straight-set victory

Both teams exchanged points early on in the first set. With a 3-all deadlock, a kill from Dy and an error from AdU’s Matias allowed the Green-and-White to take a two point lead. Ronjean Momo gave La Salle an 8-4 lead heading into the first TTO (technical timeout) as she sent the ball over the net and out of bounds. Momo managed to score off a block, although setter Kim Fajardo and Ogunsanya gave La Salle back-to-back points with a dump and service ace, respectively.With DLSU taking a 10-5 lead, AdU looked to make an early comeback. Macandili managed to establish her presence early on, however, and provided energy to the Lasallian defense. Eventually, the Lady Spikers’ lead ballooned, 20-11, as Momo sent the ball down the line and outside. The Green-and-White went on to score five more points unanswered and take the first set, 25-12.

The Lady Falcons managed to stay close early on in the second set behind errors from Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, and Dy. Heading into the first TTO of the set, La Salle booked a slim 8-7 lead courtesy of Cheng. AdU gifted a point to DLSU with a rotation error and Dy followed up with a service ace for the latter.DSC_0192

Afterwards, the Lady Falcons responded with a 3-0 run. Fatima Joaquin capped off the run as she then earned her second ace of the game to trim their deficit to two points, 14-12. Head coach Ramil De Jesus immediately called for a timeout which proved to be beneficial for the Green-and-White. Afterwards AdU was only held to four points as the Lady Spikers comfortably booked the second set, 25-16

After trading points once again, the Lady Spikers managed to stay composed and build another comfortable lead. Ogunsanya and Dy capped off a 6-0 run with a kill and service ace, respectively as the team from Taft took a 9-4 lead. The Lady Falcons looked to spark a comeback, but struggled on the defensive end and finished the game with only one successful block. With a comfortable 19-12 lead at hand for La Salle, De Jesus fielded in Michelle Cobb, Arianne Layug, and May Luna. With DLSU continuing to dictate the game, the Lasallians were eventually given a free ball. The situation paved the way for Cobb to setup Layug as the latter sealed the third set off an attack, 25-15.

Up next for the Lady Spikers will be the UE Lady Warriors on Sunday, February 26, at 2 pm at the same venue.

Sana yung lahat ng Lasallian community and supporters ng La Salle manood pa rin and patuloy isuportahan kami until the end, (We hope the whole Lasallian community can continue to watch and support us until the end,)” Macandili concluded.

The scores:

DLSU 75– Dy 15, Ogunsanya 11, Baron 8, Tiamzon 5, Fajardo 5, Luna 5, Cheng 3, Layug 1, (opponent’s errors 22)

AdU 43- Galanza 7, Flora 4, Momo 2, Uy 2, Joaquin 2, (opponent’s errors 26)

Claro Ignacio Manzano

By Claro Ignacio Manzano

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