Defending champ DLSU aims for third win in row

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DLSU Lady Spikers
The defending UAAP women’s volleyball champions De La Salle Lady Spikers go for their third win in as many games in Season 80 today. -- ALVIN S. GO

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
Senior Reporter

UNDEFEATED in their first two games in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 women’s volleyball, the defending champions De La Salle University Lady Spikers are out to make it 3-of-3.

To battle the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws (1-1) at 4 p.m. in the resumption of volleyball play today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City, the Taft-based Lady Spikers look to sustain their steady form and keep in step with league-leading National University Lady Bulldogs (3-0) in the standings.

La Salle defeated the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Fighting Maroons in straight sets in its last assignment on Saturday, 25-21, 25-22 and 26-24.

Tin Tiamzon and Kim Kianna Dy paced the Lady Spikers in the win with 13 points apiece while Desiree Cheng added 10 markers.

Setter Michelle Cobb also had 10 points, punctuated by seven service aces, including three straight to notch the win for her team, on top of 32 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers.

La Salle was challenged by UP but always found a way to stave off its opponent when it needed to in securing the victory.

“We just adjusted accordingly to the game of UP and stayed patient and in control,” La Salle coach Ramil De Jesus said after their win as he discussed the mind-set they had against the Lady Maroons.

The Lady Spikers’ opponent today, FEU, for its part, will try to get back on the winning track after losing a tough five-setter to the Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25 and 15-12, last Saturday.

Skipper Bernadeth Pons had 22 points, 16 digs and 13 excellent receptions for FEU while Toni Rose Basas added 18 points and Celine Domingo 10.

It was not enough, however, to get the Lady Tamaraws over the Lady Falcons, who were on top of things and showed tremendous composure when they were pushed to the limit.

FEU said it will try to bounce back and build a winning momentum moving forward under new coach George Pascua.

Meanwhile, playing in the opener at 2 p.m. are Adamson and UP, both sporting identical 1-1 cards.

The Lady Falcons are coming off their win over FEU last weekend while UP is fresh from a loss.

“It feels good. I’m just happy we won and I’m sure the players feel excited about it. We look forward to building on this victory,” said Adamsom coach Air Padda following their victory over FEU, a team they have not beaten in two seasons.