Saturday, April 30, 2016
La Salle Defated Ateneo, reclaims UAAP women’s volleyball crown
The La Salle Lady Spikers earned their 9th championship trophy of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament after beating their rival the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16, on Saturday (April 30) at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
Kim Kianna Dy led the Lady Spikers with 17 markers, while MaJoy Baron chipped in with 11.
The reigning MVP Alyssa Valdez picked up where she left off in Game 2 of the series, powering the Lady Eagles to a 10-1 lead in the very first set.
The Lasallians eventually found their mark later on in the set, but failed to prevent the Ateneans from taking set 1, 25-19.
In the second frame, La Salle went on a run creating a 16-10 cushion. But the Ateneo Lady Eagles clawed their way back to draw level at 19-all.
The run proved to be short-lived as the Lady Spikers stopped the bleeding and walked away with set 2, 25-21.
La Salle finally found their groove in the third set, as they rushed to an 8-4 lead by the first technical timeout. Ateneo could not stem the tide, as the Lasallians went one set away from the championship.
Unlike Game 2, there was no more spectacular comeback from Ateneo, who trailed by as much as 21-9 in the fourth set. Valdez tried to will back her side into the game, but ultimately fell short as La Salle took the decisive frame, 25-16.
Valdez finished the game with 31 points in her final game for the Lady Eagles.
After the game, La Salle coach Ramil De Jesus could not hide the pride he felt at watching his players claim their winners medals.