Lady Maroons, Lady Tamaraws dodge upset bids
(Filoil Flying V Centre)
2:00 p.m. — F2 Logistics vs Generika-Ayala
4:15 p.m. — Foton vs Smart
7:00 p.m. — Sta. Lucia vs Cignal
BIÑAN CITY – University of the Philippines (UP) and Far Eastern University (FEU) avoided the upset ax to pluck their second victory in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam at the Alonte Sports Center here.
The Lady Maroons suffered a second-set meltdown, but recovered just in time to pull off a 25-6, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Colegio San Agustin (CSA)-Binan while the Lady Tamaraws brushed off a first-set scare to tally a 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 win over De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.
Rookie Nicole Magsarile shone with 15 points built on 12 attacks and three aces while fourth year Justin Dorog dropped 14 hits for UP, which claimed its second win in this prestigious collegiate tourney bankrolled by Isuzu, Sogo, Senoh, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku.
Aie Gannaban and Marist Layug also chipped in 11 and 10 hits, respectively, while skipper Tits Carlos had nine points laced with 10 digs to underscore the Lady Maroons fluid, well-balanced offensive execution.
Still, UP coach Godfrey Okumu was far from satisfied.
“They (CSA) played good volleyball,” he said following the thrilling battle that serves as an appetizer before the University Athletic Association of the Philippines women’s volleyball tourney early next year.
After being limited to only six points in the first set, the Eagles drew strength from their home crowd as they erected a 20-13 lead in the second set.
The Lady Maroons managed to slice it to within two, 20-22, but Dorog committed an attack error that gave the Eagles the set point, 24-20.
Dorog tried to atone for that blunder with a successful hit before Lency Duarte scored a block to give the Eagles their first set win in this tourney that also has ESPN5, AksyonTV and Hyper HD as broadcast partners.
“They wanted to win more than us. We thought the game was going to be easy. But, it’s good for our player to learn to take pressure from every game they play,” Okumu said.
The Lady Maroons got their acts together in the third set and convincingly took the 2-1 set lead, but the Eagles continued to put up a gallant fight in the fourth set as they turned 17-21 cushion to a one-point lead.
Fortunately for UP, Layug and Magsarile delivered the crucial blows to reach match point, 24-21, until Gannaban hitting the game-winning quick attack.
Meanwhile, action in the PSL All-Filipino Conference between Generika-Ayala and Cignal and Petron and F2 Logistics are still ongoing at press time.