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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