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Lady Maroons from the University of the Philippines got its first win against the UE Lady Warriors in a 5-setter, (3-2), 25-18, 25-15, 18-25, 25-27, 15-6.


The new UP squad really had a good start in the first two sets (25-18,25-15) but became cold in the 3rd set (18-25) and was forced to a decider in the 4th set (25-27) by the Lady Warriors.

Princess Se, one of only three veterans in UP’s starting unit, top scored for the Lady Maroons with 14 points off 11 hits and three aces while rookie Aliyah Ong provided UE’s defense with a steady stream of hits as she finished with 12 markers.

On the other hand, Faith Bulan paced the Lady Warriors with 17 points but could not get support from the rest of the UE crew.

(to be continued)


The Ateneo De Manila University, Lady Eagles, is on the lead in the UAAP Season 74, Women’s Volleyball. The Lady Eagles plastered the UST Lady Tigresses last Sunday in  three straight sets, (3-0), 25-13, 25-16,25-17.


The crowd favorite Alyssa Valdez finished with 16 points off, 13 kills and three aces while Dzi Gervacio contributed 13 markers highlighted by six service aces.


On the other hand, team captain Judy Caballejo top scored for the Tigresses with eight points while Jessey de Leon (middle blocker) had seven markers.

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Who would ever thought that the strong Lady Tigresses would really bow to the Lady Bulldogs in their match yesterday at the San Juan Sports Arena?


I was expecting that the Tigresses would really win this match because of their impressive win last Sunday.


Previously, the Lady Tigresses outsmarted the Lady Spikers (DLSU) in 5 (25-22,25-13,12-25,21-25,15-9) last Sunday during their first match. And the Lady Bulldogs didn’t have enough juice to outduel the Lady Falcons (Adamson University) because they were clawed in 5, (15-25 25-21 25-22 18-25 15-10) in their opening game last Saturday.


The Lady Tigresses were stunned by their former running spiker, Dindin Santiago who really led the Bulldogs to win the game in just four sets.

Even if the Tigresses improved in the 3rd set, (23-25) Judy Caballejo was not in her usual performance in terms of attack because the NU blockers were always ready to roof the UST captain’s powerful attacks. Likewise, Maica Ortiz didn’t do her running hits as they were out of bounds.

Myla Pablo, in her second year of playing in the UAAP and Maricar Nepomuceno really stepped up in their own version of drop balls and down the line hits. Ivy Perez did her best in setting the Mikasa ball to her attackers plus her service aces in the fourth set.

myla pablo NU

Maruja Banaticla didn’t have enough power to claw the Bulldogs. No support from her teammates when she was blocked by the NU blockers.


It was the first loss of the Lady Tigresses in this season and the first win of the Lady Bulldogs.


It was really an unusual performance of the Lady Spikers of De La Salle University in their 5 setter match against the Lady Tigresses of University of Sto. Tomas.


Honestly, the match had a very tough first set. Both teams exchanged kills alternately. It was really nice to see Abigail Marano’s running hits and smart plays of Arra Galang and Wensh Tiu. However, Maica Ortiz’ quick hits and running spikes, Judy Caballejo’s and Maruja Banaticla’s powerful attacks plus the unforced errors of some DLSU’s blockers helped the Tigresses to edge the Spikers. The newly-baked setter, Loren Lantin ended the set with her own version of a drop ball, 22-25.


I was expecting the Lady Spikers to do better in the second set. But sad to say they suffered from a very shaky performance. Tied at 11 but Ortiz, Banaticla and Caballejo combined their triple action into one. Michelle Gumabao’s block added points to DLSU and the set ended, 13-25. Coach Ramil de Jesus was kinda disappointed watching his players inside the court. The Lady Spikers were down two sets in the game. They needed to win the next two sets to extend it into 5 sets.


Yes! That’s right! The Lady Spikers regained their momentum in the third set. Marano’s quick plays and Michelle Gumabao’s massive blocks brought the team to lead the Tigresses, 20-10. UST’s Ingred Reyes’ net error sealed the set, 25-12. The De La Salle fans roared with joy as their favorite team made a comeback in the third set. It’s the usual Lady Spikers’ action inside the court.


DLSU Lady Spikers continued to make their run in the fourth set. But UST Lady Tigresses wanted to stop them. However, both teams showed service and dig errors. Both coaches weren’t happy. Luckily, Wensh Tiu’s off the block hits and Mika Reyes’ quick hits at the middle gave DLSU a five point lead advantage, 21-16. But the UST captain, Judy Caballejo, with her powerful hits added points but not enough rope to tie the scores because of Michelle Gumabao’s superb blocks. The set ended with a service error of a rookie, Carmela Tunay. 25-21.  Wow ~ 2-2, get ready for the 5th set.

Attack errors from the Lady Tigresses are shown in the first part of the 5th set. Michelle Gumabao continued to do well in the blocking department. But Maika Ortiz was used by the setter Loren Lantin to give two consecutive running spikes and Maruja Banaticla came back with an impressive performance which helped the Tigresses to lead in the 5th set, 9-4.  Kim Fajardo, the other setter for the Spikers had her own version of a drop plus a block which added the DLSU points into 8-14. Fortunately, Judy Caballejo sealed the match with a powerful spike.

That’s it. The Lady Spikers were outdueled by the Lady Tigresses in 5, 25-22,25-13,12-25,21-25,15-9 . It was the third loss since February 2010 with the same team, UST. In other words, UST has the power to outsmart DLSU. But congratulations to both teams. They are really good. Women’s volleyball in the Philippines has already improved. It went to a higher level than before. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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