LA SALLE had a momentary slip-up and dropped its first set of the season but was never in any real danger as it went on to beat Far Eastern University, 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 25-10, on Wednesday and keep its win streak going in the 76th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.’
The Taft-based Lady Spikers quickly recovered after losing the second set, finishing with a flourish to notch their 10th straight win this season, 26th overall including last season’s matches, and help coach Ramil de Jesus record his 200th victory as La Salle coach.
From a 17-all contest in the second set, the Lady Tamaraws pulled away and put up a 22-20 breather behind Geneveve Casugod.
Aby Maraño and Cyd Demecillo worked together to snatch the lead, 23-22, but FEU scored the last three points from two La Salle errors and a service ace by Kyla Atienza.
“Naging aggressive ’yung FEU (sa second set), tumaas ang self confidence nila kaya siguro na-boost ang morale nila, sumuporta pa 'yung pep squad nila,” explained De Jesus.
“Ang sa akin naman hindi ko iniisip kung ilang panalo na basta ang importante manalo,” said de Jesus. “Hindi naman kung ilang set ang maipanalo basta ang importante 'yung result (panalo).”
Mika Reyes and Ara Galang poured in 11 points each, while Kim Fajardo scored 10, including five service aces, for the Lady Spikers.
Maraño, Demecillo and Denden Tan had nine markers apiece.
Apart from the second set, the DLSU side was never threatened and closed out the match on a 17-2 run.
“Actaully inaantay ko na mangyari 'yun (matalo ng set),” admitted De Jesus. “Dito ko kasi mate-test ’yung team, kung gaano katibay ang mga bata. At least nalaman ko may kapit pala ’yung mga bata.”
Mary Palma and Casugod came up with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for FEU, while Bernadette Pons added nine. The Lady Tams are now tied for fourth with Adamson (5-5).