Lady Spikers post second straight win by turning back rookie-laden Lady Maroons
Mary Joy Baron and the rest of the La Salle Lady Spikers celebrate after their win over University of the Philippines. Dante Peralta

MULTI-titled La Salle turned back rookie-laden University of the Philippines, 25-14, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20, to grab the early lead in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Third year middle blocker Mary Joy Baron finished with 17 points, scattered from 12 spikes, four blocks and one service ace, for the Taft-based school which also got 13 from rookie Ernestine Tiamzon, and a combined 35 points from the trio of graduating players Ara Galang, Carol Cerveza, and Mika Reyes.

The Lady Spikers (2-0) bag their second consecutive win after easily disposing Far Eastern University on Wednesday, 29-27, 25-23, 25-20.

“Aggressive ang team na ‘yun, hindi mo pwedeng biruin ang team na ‘yun,” said La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus.

La Salle imposed its might early on and capitalized on UP’s poor reception for a 22-11 lead in the first set. The Lady Spikers sustained the momentum in the second set and posted a 13-point advantage, 20-7.

The Lady Maroons fought in the third set, 19-14, to extend the match, only to lose in the next set.

“Medyo nag-relax after nung two sets, may hindi na sustain ‘yung galaw, ‘yung offense (at) ‘yung defense so posibleng mangyari ‘yung kapag nagbago ang rhythm ng laro sa loob ng court,” said de Jesus.

The Taft-based squad needed only an hour and 34 minutes to school the young UP team, most composed of freshmen players.

La Salle setter Kim Fajardo registered all of the team’s 41 excellent sets, while the green-and-white squad rained down 12 service aces compared to just four of UP.

The Lady Spikers also toughened up on defense with nine blocks against four for the Lady Maroons.

“Kasi kung malalaki ka tapos hindi ka naman maka-block kailangan maka-block ka kasi sa ganoong klase ng offense kailangan talaga solid ang block mo kasi kakainin ka ng UP,” said de Jesus.

Freshmen Isa Molde and Justine Dorog combined for 25 points for the Lady Maroons.

UP evened its record at 1-1 after an opening-game day victory over University of the East

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