Sweet revenge at 7-0.
The DLSU Lady Spikers shocked the volleyverse with a resounding statement win against the defending champions NU Lady Bulldogs in straight sets 25-10, 25-15, 25-15 just this afternoon at the MOA Arena.
From the opening serve, the Lady Spikers wanted to put the past Bulldogs nightmares to rest with a dominant 25-10 first set.
The Lady Spikers came out of their warm-ups with arrows flying and made serious damage on National U along the net with a 15-6 attack advantage and scored on 5 blocks compared to only 1 by the Lady Bulldogs.
As NU’s defense shifted their focus on the wings, Thea Gagate, Fifi Sharma, and Angel Canino dismantled their defense with an array of quick kills and drops to pull away 16-8 by the second tech time-out.
And the Lady Spikers were just beginning.
The cannons of Canino, the dominant middle game of Sharma and the length of Leila Cruz stretched the lead to 24-14 before the end of the second frame.
La Salle was blazing with confidence by the start of the final set. The Taft spikers reversed a 14-15 deficit to a 19-16 lead by firing from all angles despite NU’s adjustments. From this point, the green ladies took it home with Canino and Jolina Dela Cruz scoring from the wings while the Sharma-Gagate combo rained quick-kills down the middle to put the game beyond reach at 24-20.
Dela Cruz sealed the match with another quick kill to put the set, and the game, to bed at 25-21.
Once more, the Taft Towers outscored NU 12-4 on blocks alone with Gagate and Leila Cruz both getting 3.
The super-improved setter Mars Alba got Player of the Game with 20 excellent sets and a service ace. The setting accuracy of Alba was very evident making 20 excellent sets out of 67 attempts with an efficiency rating of 29.85%.
La Salle will face National U again on Saturday for the first game of the second round.
ANIMO LA SALLE!!!