DEFENDING champion La Salle defeated rookie-laden National University, 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, on Wednesday for its third straight win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
Lourdes Clemente and May Luna provided the clutch hits in the third and fourth sets the Lady Spikers improved to a league-best 3-0 win-loss record.
Luna had 14 points off 13 spikes, while Aduke Ogunsanya scored 13.
Cheng had 12 points and made 11 excellent receptions, Dela Cruz also scored 12 and Clemente had five markers for La Salle.
Coach Ramil praised the young NU team as it managed to take a set from a La Salle squad coming off a straight-sets win over Adamson.
“Sinabi ko naman sa kanila na yung NU, respetuhin niyo kasi yung nakita kong game nila against UE, solid ang galaw nila,” De Jesus said.
“Very basic yung set, pero mas kilala nila ang isa't isa, pagdating lalo sa floor defense. Alam nila kung ano yung strength ng bawa't isa.”
La Salle faces UP (2-1) on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Spikers had 25 errors compared to the Lady Bulldogs’ 31 miscues.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, pag ganoong pagkakamali, lalo na sa service, kayo na yun. Hindi na pwedeng isisi pa sa kalaban yun. Tayo ang may mali, hindi yung kalaban. So doon ako medyo na-frustrate,” De Jesus said.
“Parang sa basketball, free throw yan, araw-araw mong ginagawa mo yan. Kung ma-shoot mo, eh di okay. Eh ang nangyari, kapos, hindi man lang tumama ng ring.”
Princess Robles scored 18 and Ivy Lacsina added 16 points for NU, which dropped to 1-2 before facing the Adamson Lady Falcons (0-2) on Sunday also at the Big Dome.