UP boosted its bid for a semifinal spot in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference after a hard-earned 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-22 win over NU Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.
Four Lady Maroons scored in double figures, with middle blocker Diana Carlos leading the charge with 22 points off 14 kills, 6 blocks and 2 aces as the Diliman squad evened their record at 3-3.
Isa Molde had 16 points, Justine Dorog delivered 14 points and 18 digs, and Kathy Bersola added 12 for UP, who will get a chance to seal their Final Four stint with a win over Laoag in a do-or-die tiff on Monday.
“Swerte siguro na nakalusot kami ngayon,” coach Jerry Yee said in a post-game interview after his wards got their third win in the last 4 games.
Lady Bulldogs captain Jaja Santiago posted a team-high 19 points but the middle blocker was relatively quiet on the defensive end with only four block points.
Risa Sato and Jorelle Singh tallied 12 points apiece but it was not enough as the Bulldogs crashed out of semifinal contention with a 3-4 win-loss card. — By John Chester Fajardo