UAAP: Quick exit for La Salle Lady Spikers after second straight loss

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2019 08:00 PM | Updated as of Mar 06 2019 08:01 PM

UAAP: Quick exit for La Salle Lady Spikers after second straight loss 1
The Lady Spikers appear headed back to training after suffering a second consecutive defeat. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

 

MANILA, Philippines -- The De La Salle University Lady Spikers made a swift exit from the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday, after the defending UAAP champions suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Season 81 women's volleyball tournament.

Not even 30 minutes after absorbing a straight sets defeat to University of Santo Tomas (UST), coach Ramil de Jesus and his players -- still clad in their uniforms -- filed out of their dugout.

De Jesus politely declined media interviews following the 20-25, 22-25, 17-25 setback to the Golden Tigresses.

It was a complete turnaround from the multi-titled mentor's reaction to their five-set loss to University of the Philippines (UP) last Saturday, where he discussed the result of the match with reporters and challenged his team to bounce back quickly.

But they were stunned by the Golden Tigresses, who put together an inspired performance even without Fil-Italian spiker Milena Alessandrini.

The loss was notable for many reasons.

For one, it is the first time since the UAAP Season 77 finals that the Lady Spikers had dropped back-to-back contests. Back then, La Salle bowed to Ateneo de Manila University in the championship series after Ara Galang suffered a gruesome knee injury in the Final 4.

This also marks the first time since Season 79 that La Salle lost in straight sets. They were beaten by the UP Lady Maroons, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, on February 15, 2017.

The defending champions return to action on Saturday against University of the East.

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