TWO-TIME defending champion De La Salle nailed 15 service aces to make mincemeat of University of the Philippines (UP), 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, and wrest the solo lead in Season 80 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball action on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Kianna Dy and Desiree Cheng, the Most Valuable Players in the last two Finals, led the Lady Spikers with 14 points apiece—they made five and four service aces, respectively, as De La Salle completed a regular-season sweep of UP.
De La Salle earned its third straight win for a 7-2 win-loss record, half a game ahead of National University (NU), which the Lady Spikers defeated, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16, last Saturday.
“After our game against NU, I saw that the team could serve strong or make aces. So I told them to do it against UP,” De La Salle Head Coach Ramil de Jesus said. “This is a good sign for our team because our target is to end up first or second place. The girls are already moving well and I hope they sustain it.”
Setter Michelle Cobb also contributed three service aces on top of 30 excellent sets, while Tin Tiamzon and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Lady Maroons put up a semblance of a gallant stand in the third set and threatened at 18-17. But De La Salle scored seven of the last nine points capped by two Ogunsanya kills to complete the win in 73 minutes.
Tots Carlos and Isa Molde had 16 and 10 hits, respectively, for UP, which fell to 3-6 at sixth place.
In men’s action, Ateneo and NU kept their hold of the men’s lead after beating separate foes for an identical 8-1 record.
The Blue Eagles cruised to their eight straight win at the expense of the Adamson University Falcons, 25-19, 26-24, 25-22, while the Bulldogs goared the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22, for their seventh win in a row.