MANILA (UPDATED) -- The De La Salle University Lady Spikers bucked a slow start to beat the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Sunday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre.
The Lady Spikers remained unbeaten after six games, while the Lady Falcons dropped to the fourth spot with a 4-2 record.
Rookie Angel Canino dropped 21 points while Thea Gagante made her presence felt on both ends of the floor and delivered 11 kills, six blocks, and two service aces.
“Of course, happy sa result na ginawa namin. Pinaghandaan namin ‘to and ayun nga sabi nila stick lang to the system. And happy ako, proud ako na ‘yun po yung fruit ng lahat ng ginawa ng tao sa team,” Canino said.
After their late rally in the opening frame went to waste, the Lady Spikers came back in the second set and quickly built a five-point cushion, 10-5, after a crosscourt hit from Jolina Dela Cruz.
“Mindset ko talaga na itanggal lahat ng kung anong nangyari sa first set. Bawi. Relax. Kasi if ever magstick ako doon sa mali ko noong first set, hindi na ako makakabawi,” Canino shared.
The separation even reached double digits, 24-14, before Fifi Sharma ended the game with a service ace.
With the momentum on their side, the Taft-based squad sparked an 8-2 run to pull away and claim the third set, 25-16.
The Lady Spikers stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth set and never looked back.
Meanwhile, Trisha Tubu finished 13 points for the Jerry Yee-led Adamson.
La Salle's net defense spelled the difference in the game, as they had 14 blocks to just one for Adamson.
DLSU will try to maintain its perfect slate against the defending champion National University Lady Bulldogs, while Adamson will next face the UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
UAAP Season 85 is streaming on iWantTFC every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, available for Premium users outside the Philippines.