La Salle made sure it has UST’s numbers when the 2 teams clashed in the 2nd round of the UAAP Seaosn 78 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
Dominating across all the scoring categories, the Lady Spikers dismantled the Tigresses in what could be best described as turning of the tables, avenging their 1st round defeat, 25-11, 25-13, 25-17.
A full week of rest and training from their last match against UE did wonders for the Taft crew, exploiting the weaknesses of the opponent to grab a share of the top spot with rival Ateneo with a 7-2 record.
“Maganda lang gising siguro. One week din kami nakapagpahinga para sa game na ito. Nakita ko naman sa mga bata na gustong makabawi,” La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus told the press.
With only 16 attack points as a team, UST dug a hole too deep after committing 22 unforced errors.
Being the best serving team in the league, La Salle sent loaded serve after another to prevent the Tigresses from creating plays, forcing their setter to send out predictable set-ups that eventually led to the 13 massive block points for last year’s runners-up.
“Nawalan din ng receive UST. Nung 1st round kasi halos lahat ng service namin ang gaganda ng pasa nila,” de Jesus said, talking about UST’s downfall during the rematch.
“At the same time, hindi naaral ng mga bata (ko) nung 1st time kami nagkita,” he said about the huge turnaround. “Ngayon panalo kasi sabi ko pag kinakailangan ‘yung panalo against nung UST nung 1st round, posibleng ‘yun ang indahin ng team pag nagkaroon ng tie. Sabi ko sana wag na maulit.”
Kim Dy shone anew with 12 points, 10 of which came from attacks. Veterans and batchmates Ara Galang and Mika Reyes also finished in double digits, pouring 11 points apiece for La Salle’s winning cause.
“May mga oras talaga na sa training maganda nag pinapakita niya. Mataas ang expectations ko sa kanya,” the mentor said on Dy’s performance.
On the light aura he saw on his wards even before the battle started, the coach adds, “Since dumating kami dito okay naman sila. relaxed na relax sila kaya sabi ko maganda ‘yung mood nitong mga ito ngayon.”
Making up for what she called a bad game during the UST-La Salle tussle 2 weeks ago, skipper Kim Fajardo was scorching hot this time as she dished out 27 excellent plays to prove she’s worthy to be one of the frontrunners for this year’s best setter plum.
On the defensive end, Lady Spiker Dawn Macandili tallied 29 excellent digs and 12 excellent reception to further boost her squad’s chances of making it to the post-season.
“‘Yung mga talo para ‘yun hindi maging sobrang confident sa sarili,” shared de Jesus on lessons learned from dropping 2 games so far.
Gaya nitong game na ito, straight sets na malayo ang score, very dominant. ‘Yun ang nakakatakot kasi pagdating ng next game, kailangan ma-sustain ‘yung ganung klase ng galaw,” he added. “Minsan hindi kaagad maka-move on dun sa panalo.”
Next on La Salle’s loaded list of assignments will be the rampaging UP, which recently crushed defending champion Ateneo in 4 sets.
Hoping to remain focused on the task at hand, de Jesus vows to prepare hard for the streaking Lady Maroons.
“‘Yung UP 1st time na nag meet kami nung 1st round, madami silang hindi na-execute,” teh coach said.
“Sa ngayon, ang ganda ng ginagalaw ng UP. Paghahandaan namin kung ano’ng meron sila katulad ng paghahanda namin ngayon,” he closed. — By Mac Dionisio