by Keith Magcaling
The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons snapped their four-game losing skid with a four-set win, 25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 25-10, over the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors on Wednesday at the Fil Oil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Tots Carlos led the charge for the Lady Maroons with 21 points, while veteran Kathy Bersola racked in a season-high 18 points.
Sophomore Isa Molde chipped in 16 markers, as the Maroons bombarded the Warriors with 49 attack points.
The Lady Warriors shook off a bad opening set performance and caught UP off-guard early in the second set to enter the first technical time out with a five-point lead, 8-3, four of which were service aces.
The Lady Warriors, led by skipper Shara Adorador, who had 12 points, stayed in front throughout the second frame, and a service error from Carlos saw them level the match at one set apiece.
However, the Lady Maroons, hit with a series of setbacks, including losing libero Pia Gaiser to an ACL injury, were determined to get out of the slump and end the drought as they aggressively closed out the succeeding sets.
Captain Ayel Estrañero shelled out 43 excellent sets and outmaneuvered opposing setter Roselle Baliton who had 25.
The Diliman-based volleybelles tallied their first win in five games after starting their campaign with a 4-0 win-loss card. They improve to 5-4 and are in a four-way tie with Far Eastern University (FEU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and National University (NU) at the third spot, while the Lady Warriors remain at seventh place with a 1-8 record.
The Lady Maroons look to once again upset the defending champions, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers (7-2), when they face them on March 19 at the Fil Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan at 4 p.m