MANILA, Philippines–La Salle masterfully got here out firing on all cylinders and denied Nationwide College any likelihood of restoration, 25-10, 25-15, 25-21, to brush the primary spherical of the UAAP Season 85 girls’s volleyball match on Wednesday.
Rookie Angel Canino punctured holes on the enemy strains with 14 factors, highlighted by 11 assaults, whereas veterans Thea Gagate, Fifi Sharma and Jolina Dela Cruz had their share of the limelight within the assertion win.
“I didn’t count on that we’d sweep them (in straight units). Earlier than we got here on the market, our aim was simply to stay to the plan. We clicked and performed proper,’’ stated La Salle interim coach Noel Orcullo.
Not solely did the Woman Spikers win all of their matches within the first spherical, they likewise acquired again at their tormentor in Season 84 the place NU shredded them to items in simply two video games of a best-of-three championship duel.
Workforce skipper Mars Alba coordinated the assault with 20 wonderful units, Ylizyeth Jazareno had 15 digs on the defensive finish whereas Gagate and Leila Cruz registered three blocks apiece for the Woman Spikers, who received for the primary time after 5 matches in opposition to NU since Season 81.
“We noticed what we’re able to conducting. Nevertheless it’s not solely me, it was a complete workforce effort,’’ stated Canino.
NU absorbed its second defeat within the first spherical, placing the defending champions in a three-way tie with the Adamson Woman Falcons and College of Santo Tomas Tigresses at 5-2.
The Woman Spikers rushed to beat the Woman Bulldogs to a pulp, seizing the primary set in dominant vogue by the heroics of Canino and Cruz.
After rapidly scoring eight straight factors, La Salle hardly met any resistance and located itself main means forward, 20-10, earlier than the Cruz-Canino combo dealt the blows.
A Cruz spike off the block and Canino’s drop gave the Woman Spikers a uncommon set victory in opposition to the defending champions. They failed to grab a set from NU the whole season final 12 months.
The storyline didn’t go NU’s means within the succeeding frames with Fifi Sharma delivering the wanted factors within the second set, together with a service ace for a 12-5 La Salle leverage.
Bella Belen and Princess Robles pulled the Woman Bulldogs inside six, however these efforts circled the drain as errors hounded them other than the continual shelling they acquired from Sharma and Canino.
Jolina Dela Cruz put the lid on the second set by deflecting Robles’ energy shot on the internet.
Silenced by the double-set deficit, the Woman Bulldogs by some means gave their legion of followers a cause to really feel relieved after making it powerful for La Salle within the ultimate set.
Evangeline Alinsug and Sheena Toring propelled the NU cost, however La Salle rapidly regrouped as Sharma and Gagate joined forces in piercing the Woman Bulldogs’ aspect previous to Dela Cruz’s coup de grace—a crosscourt spike on an open ground.
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