La Salle simply hurdled a giant impediment and made defending champion Nationwide College (NU) look actually unhealthy.
However the Woman Spikers are inclined to shortly snuff out the euphoria of a medical 25-10, 25-15, 25-21 victory on Wednesday at a jampacked Mall of Asia Enviornment that accomplished a first-round sweep of their UAAP Season 85 ladies’s volleyball match task.
“I always reminded them that this recreation is over and our subsequent match might be utterly totally different, so we should always not keep on Cloud 9 for lengthy,’’ stated interim La Salle coach Noel Orcullo when requested of the win.
The primary spherical sweep additionally erased the stigma of disagreeable recollections suffered by the hands of the Woman Bulldogs final season, the place La Salle was swept within the best-of-three title collection with out profitable a set.
And a giant motive for that’s rookie Angel Canino, who completed with 14 factors, highlighted by 11 assaults, with veterans Thea Gagate, Fifi Sharma and Jolina dela Cruz gaining their shares of the limelight within the assertion win.
‘Pleased with us’
Group skipper Mars Alba unfold out the offense with 20 glorious units, Ylizyeth Jazareno had 15 digs on the defensive finish whereas Gagate and Leila Cruz registered three blocks apiece for the Woman Spikers, who received for the primary time after 5 matches in opposition to NU since Season 81.
“I’m actually pleased with us. However we nonetheless need to deal with our singular aim, which is to get the championship this season, so let’s not sensationalize wins like these,’’ stated Sharma. “There are various different video games that we’ve got to undergo with the intention to get to what we have to obtain.”
NU absorbed its second defeat in winding up the primary spherical, a defeat that the Woman Bulldogs didn’t come near experiencing since 2020 as they’ll open second spherical hostilities tied for second spot with the Adamson Woman Falcons and College of Santo Tomas Tigresses at 5-2.
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Posted by Inquirer Sports activities on Wednesday, March 22, 2023
And the Woman Bulldogs have to turnaround fast, as they sq. off with the Woman Spikers once more on Saturday to open the ultimate half of their elimination spherical schedule.
“We’re shaky. It’s actually painful. Now we have to arrange higher if we wish a greater consequence. Now we have to deliver again the starvation,’’ stated NU’s Michaela Belen, final season’s rookie-Most Beneficial Participant who led her college to an unbeaten marketing campaign.
The Woman Spikers buckled all the way down to work proper after the primary serve, seizing the primary set in dominant trend via the offensive brilliance of Canino and Cruz.
After scoring eight straight factors, La Salle hardly met any resistance and located itself manner forward, 20-10, earlier than the Cruz-Canino combo dealt the blows.
A Cruz spike off the block and Canino’s drop gave the Woman Spikers a uncommon set victory in opposition to the defending champions. They failed to grab a set from NU your complete season final 12 months.
“Our first spherical was actually shaky. La Salle deserved the win. You’ll be able to see that they had been very ready they usually had been wanting to win. We’ll take this as a motivation and make changes come Saturday,’’ stated NU coach Karl Dimaculangan.
The storyline didn’t go NU’s manner within the succeeding frames with Sharma delivering the wanted factors within the second set, together with an ace for a 12-5 La Salle lead.
Belen and Princess Robles pulled the Woman Bulldogs inside six, just for errors to take them down.
Dela Cruz put the lid on the second set by deflecting Robles’ energy shot on the web.
“After profitable a giant recreation, we carry on telling our gamers that the enjoyment ought to instantly subside the next day. We’ll be ready on Saturday,’’ stated Orcullo.
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