MANILA, Philippines – Defending champions De La Salle made quick work of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) as the Lady Spikers trounced the Tigresses in straight sets in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 75 women’s volleyball tournament last Sunday at the San Juan Arena.
Sophomore star Ara Galang fired 20 points in powering La Salle to a 30-28, 25-15 and 25-19 victory in just one hour and 24 minutes.
It was sweet revenge for the defending champions, who were stunned by the Tigresses in five sets in their season opener.
Galang took control for La Salle in the first set as they held off the Tigresses for a 1-0 lead. In the second set, it was the Lady Spikers’ net defense that proved to be the difference as they tallied eight blocks to cruise to victory.
The third set was more difficult for La Salle as UST was able to tie the frame at 16-all, but the Lady Spikers broke the game open with four straight points.
Reigning MVP Abigail Maraño helped La Salle’s cause with 12 points.
No UST playerscored in double figures, with Carmela Tunay top-scoring with nine markers.
In the first game, the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws won their fifth straight match with a 25-8, 25-12 and 25-12 victory over the University of the Philippines (UP).
Rosemarie Vargas fired 12 points, while Marie Toni Basas and Wenneth Eulalio each scored 11 as the Lady Tams needed just one hour and two minutes to sweep UP.