DEFENDING champion La Salle asserted its mastery of Far Eastern University, scoring a 25-25, 25-19, 26-24 victory to end the first round on a high note on Saturday in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Tin Tiamzon continued to deliver with team captain Desiree Cheng on restricted minutes due to shoulder injury.
The fourth-year hitter Tiamzon had 13 points off nine attacks, three service aces and a block in the match between last year’s finalists.
May Luna chipped in 10 points, rookie Jolina Dela Cruz had nine points and transferee Lourdes Clemente added eight markers.
“Well, siguro first two sets nagulat ‘yung FEU, iyon grinab namin ‘yung opportunity na ganyan ang kilos nila at iyon, maganda naman ang naging result ng first two sets,” Lady Spikers coach Ramil De Jesus said.
“Eventually, pagdating ng third set, medyo nakilala na nila ‘yung isa’t isa, medyo nakakalaro na nang maayos, may connection na sila sa inside the court, hanggang nakapitan namin ‘yung third set.”
La Salle continued to dominate FEU, scoring its third consecutive straight-sets win including the two finals matches in Season 80.
FEU committed 28 errors while La Salle had 16 miscues.
Lycha Ebon was the lone double-digit scorer for the Lady Tams with 10 points, while Jerrili Malabanan added nine markers.
FEU dropped to fourth place with a 4-3 win-loss record.