Lady Archers romp Maroons anew in UAAP Volleyball

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

by David Tristan Yumol

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Ara Galang led the Taft-based squad with 17 points, including 12 spikes. Team skipper Abigail Maraño scattered 11 points, while crowd darling Mika Reyes tossed in seven points for the Lady Archers, who are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

Team captain Angeli Araneta led the Maroons in scoring with 11 points, ten of which came from attacks. Katherine Bersola added 10 points but these were not enough for the Lady Maroons to make an upset.

La Salle dominated the first set with ease, but UP put up a scare in the second frame. The Maroons scored six unanswered points to lead early, 8-2. The Archers fought gallantly halfway through the set and came close at 13-12, but UP dropped three more points to secure the momentum in the second technical timeout.

DLSU came back with vengeance after the break, exploding with an 11-5 run through the efforts of Galang and Maraño to escape a close win in the second set.

In the third set, the Archers blazed in a commanding 12-2 lead to show their strength as the best team in the league. UP managed to score some aces midway of the set but the towering presence of La Salle stood out to end the match in a dominant style.

DLSU is three wins away from sweeping the season while UP absorbed its tenth loss in 11 games.

Lady Archers end Maroons’ campaign for semis, 71-64

The University of the Philippines booted out of final four contention after suffering a 71-64 loss to De La Salle University in the second round of the UAAP women’s basketball Sunday the Mall of Asia Arena.

by Antonio Lorenzo Regondola

The University of the Philippines booted out of final four contention after suffering a 71-64 loss to De La Salle University in the second round of the UAAP women’s basketball Sunday the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Maroons now hold a 5-8 card after the loss, which denied them of forcing a possible fourth-place tie with University of Santo Tomas with a  7-5 slate.

Kinulang e. The effort was there pero sayang,” said UP Head Coach Ramon Garcia.

Forward Ara Abaca led the way for the Lady Archers with a double-double performance, netting 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Garcia added 11 points, while Camille Claro dropped in nine points including two three pointers.

Guard Bea Daez topscored UP as she tallied 15 points and dished out five assists while forward Antonia Wong scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the losing cause.

UP started the third quarter on a 10-0 run, five of which came from Wong, to take a four point lead, 39-35.

Immediately after, DLSU went on their own 18-5 rampage to end the quarter, with Trisha Piatos sinking a buzzer-beating three to lead 53-45.

The Lady Archers then held on to put away the surging Maroons.

“Let’s just end the season with a win,” Garcia told the Maroons, who will play their last game of the season against UST on Saturday. A victory would be their last tribute to Bernice Furagganan, Karen Salapong, Sheerose Luna, and Katrinne Topacio, who will wear their Maroon jerseys for the last time.

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Box scores:

DLSU 71 – Abaca 18, Garcia 11, Claro 9, Vergara 8, Piatos 6, Scott 5, Melendres 4, Corcuera 4, M. Ong 3, A. Ong 3, Revillosa 0, Ramos 0, Oyao 0

UP 64- Daez 15, Wong 13, Luna 12 Tatel 8, Topacio 7, Isip 3, Salapong 2, Furagganan 2, Aliermo 2, Pioquinto 0

Quarter scores: 19-16, 35-29, 53-45, 71-64