La Salle turns to rookie Christine Soyud in foiling UP's upset bid
La Salle players celebrate their win over UP Sunday in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament. Dante Peralta

LA Salle recovered from a set down to turn back University of the Philippines, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10, in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Sunday.

It was first time in the season skipper Ara Galang did not show the way for the Lady Spikers, but rookie Christine Soyud rose to the occasion by leading the team with 16 points.

Galang contributed 14 markers, while Mary Baron had 13, including six of the team's 17 blocks.

The former three-time champion improved to 8-1 overall, including two straight wins in the second round. Its lone loss was courtesy of rival and defending champion Ateneo at the end of the first round.

The Taft-based Lady Spikers took an early breather in the fourth, 9-2, before widening the gap at 23-9 on Soyud's off-the-block spike.

La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus was pleased to see other players stepping up, although the eight-time champion mentor was quick to add the Lady Spikers still need to improve on their communication inside the court. 

“Kulang pa sila sa communication sa loob,” said the veteran coach. “Minsan bigla na lang kami mahuhulugan ng bola sa court namin na wala man isa sa kanila nag-attempt na kumuha."

Angeli Araneta led UP with 15 markers, while team captain Nicole Tiamzon and Vina Alinas chipped in 14 and 13, respectively.

The Lady Maroons dropped to 4-5 overall in a tie with Far Eastern University at fourth spot. 

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