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.
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.