MANILA – The De La Salle Lady Spikers have assured themselves of at least a playoff for a semifinal spot in UAAP Season 85, as they remained unscathed in nine games after thrashing Far Eastern University.
After a comeback in the opening set, the Lady Spikers went for a rampage to beat the Lady Tamaraws, 30-28, 25-12, 28-26, at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.
With a perfect 9-0 card, La Salle is now a win away from securing a sure Final Four spot. Meanwhile, FEU stayed in fifth with a 4-5 slate.
“Yung first set, ano eh, we started flat. Yun nga, medyo parang hindi sila makagalaw. Niremind lang namin sila na nawawala tayo sa sistema. Iba yung ginagalaw niyo, sa pinractice natin. Yun lang, yun lang pinaalala namin,” assistant coach Noel Orcullo said.
Super rookie Angel Canino registered 16 points aside from 15 excellent receptions and 14 digs while Jolina dela Cruz finished with 13 points to go along with 14 digs.
It was a nip and tuck battle in the third frame with FEU keeping La Salle at bay until Fifi Sharma and Angel Canino committed errors to put the Lady Tams at set point, 24-23.
FEU could not capitalize on the opportunity as they also threw a service error to force a set extension.
Tied at 26, Dela Cruz caught the baseline to reach match point before Jov Fernandez’s hit did not cross the net to cap the game.
The Lady Tamaraws had the chance to win the opening set as they erected a 23-19 lead after an ace by Alyzza Devosora.
Ahead by three, 24-21, FEU allowed La Salle to comeback with a 4-0 run, highlighted by two aces of Mars Alba to overturn the score, 25-24.
It was an exchange of points in the ensuing plays before Canino scored a crosscourt spike before she punctuated it with another attack, 30-28.
Chenie Tagaod had 13 points in the game while Devosora added 10.