UAAP volleyball: De La Salle nears outright finals berth


Posted at Feb 01 2014 05:52 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2014 05:56 AM

Mika Reyes and Ara Galang block Katherine Bersola's attack. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – Despite some anxious moments in the second set, De La Salle stressed to the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons who's boss via a 25-15, 25-23, 25-12 victory in UAAP women's volleyball.

The four-peat seeking Lady Spikers moved to within three wins from securing an outright finals berth with a tremendous thrice-to-beat advantage.

Ara Galang fired 17 points, including three service aces, and had six digs for De La Salle, while last season's co-Most Valuable Player Abi Maraño added 11 points, including two blocks, and seven digs.

The Lady Spikers teetered when they trailed, 2-8, in the second frame but got their bearing back as the Lady Maroons (1-10) could not simply get the job done.

In men's volleyball, defending champion NU (10-1) overcame Mark Alfafara's 34-point explosion for University of Sto. Tomas, (4-7), 25-22, 20-25, 16-25, 25-21, 15-11, to secure a playoff for the second semifinals bonus.

Meanwhile, Ateneo (8-3), behind rookie Marck Espejo's 16 hits, downed University of the East (0-11), 25-20, 25-22, 25-12, to move a win shy of bagging its first Final Four appearance in four years.