UNIVERSITY of the Philippines salvaged some pride at the end of the V-League Open Conference, scoring a 25-23, 24-26, 25-12, 26-24 win at The Arena in San Juan on Tuesday that condemned Philippine National Police to a winless conference.
Angeli Araneta and UAAP Best Blocker Kathy Bersola finished with 21 points apiece, while team captain Nicole Tiamzon came up with 20 markers for the Lady Maroons, who finally scored a win after six losses.
It was an even match in the early goings, the two teams splitting the first two sets before UP found an extra gear and zoomed to victory in the third.
The Lady Maroons looked set to sail to an easy win with a five-point margin, 20-15, before PNP made it interesting and tied the game at 24.
But the Lady Maroons earned a point from a PNP miscue and Jewel Lai scored on a service ace to secure the win for UP.
"Hindi ko alam (kung happy) ba ang mararamdaman ko," said UP coach Jerry Yee.
"Kung sana nakuha namin ng maganda 'yung laro at least may na-prove kami sa sarili namin. Based sa showing nila (players) hindi ako happy, sana we could've done much better."
Yee noted that while they were swept by Air Force, the first two sets were close, and the match against Ateneo went the distance. That had him expecting a much better performance against fellow cellar-dwelling PNP.
“Kasi if galing kami sa Air Force and Ateneo, sana mas maganda and better ang game namin today, but then ’yun na nga. Hopefully makapag-adjust pa kami,” he said.
Frances Molina fired 23 points from 19 spikes, three blocks and one service ace for PNP, while Angelica Perez added 13.