Defending champion De La Salle University spoiled the return of Adamson star Jema Galanza as the Lady Spikers shot down the Lady Falcons, 25-13, 25-14, 25-16, Saturday for their sixth straight win in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Taft-based squad took the solo lead after fashioning an 11-2 win-loss record in a match that served as a warmup for DLSU’s much-awaited rematch against first round tormentor archrival Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles on April 8.
Both assured of twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, the Lady Spikers and Lady Eagles are now in a short race for the no. 1 spot in the semis for the right to take on the no. 4 seed.
Majoy Baron led the Lady Spikers with 13 points coming off six kills, four kill blocks and three aces while Desiree Cheng and Ernestine Tiamzon scored eight and seven markers, respectively.
The Lady Spikers were tentative at the start and even went behind, 1-5, to open the first set. But DLSU kept its composure to overtake the Lady Falcons and control the tempo of the match.
"Masyadong mabagal ang umpisa, binigyan lang namin sila ng reminder dahil ang Adamson lumalaban talaga. Nothing to lose na sila. Kapag nagpabaya ka sa kanila pwede kang masilat," said Lady Spikers assistant coach Noel Orcullo.
DLSU top spiker Kim Dy, who suffered a minor left ankle sprain in their last outing against University of Sto. Tomas, was in uniform but spent most of the match cheering on the bench.
Galanza, who skipped Adamson’s last match because of an illness (exhaustion and fatigue), returned to action but failed to save the Lady Falcons from their 13th straight loss in as many outings and 20th in a row since last season.
Galanza finished with 12 points for Adamson, which will close its season on Wednesday against University of the East.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.