UP dominates UST, inches closer to Final Four

by Denver del Rosario

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons edged out the University of Sto. Tomas Lady Tigresses in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20, today in the UAAP 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After a slow start in the opening set, the Lady Maroons eventually found their groove and took the succeeding sets. Isa Molde spearheaded the Diliman side with 23 points, while Marian Buitre added 12.

Meanwhile, team skipper EJ Laure led the España-based squad with 20 points.

The Lady Tigresses started hot in the first set, getting to the first technical timeout (TTO) ahead of UP, 4-8, courtesy of points from graduating player Mela Tunay.

UST continued to pull away as Cherry Rondina finished the first set with an attack, 17-25. The Lady Maroons started slow anew in the second set as the Lady Tigresses dominated early, 3-8, courtesy of attacks from Laure and Tunay.

However, the set proved to be a different story as the Diliman-based squad came back to take the driver seat, 16-15.

UP ultimately took the second set via an attack from Molde, 25-21.

In the third set, UST led as much as seven points, 8-15, courtesy of back-to-back spikes from Laure.

The Lady Tigresses continued to lead, 12-18, via an attack from Tunay and a spiking error from Justine Dorog.

Like the second set, however, the Lady Maroons recomposed themselves as they produced 10 consecutive points, 22-18, courtesy of aces from Jewel Lai and attacks from Molde.

Eventually, the Diliman side stole the third set as they denied a spike from Laure, 25-20.

Finally finding their rhythm, the Lady Maroons pulled away early in the fourth set, leading as much as nine points, 21-12.

Molde ended the game with a down-the-line hit, 25-20, giving UP its 8th win of the season.

Even with the victory, UP coach Jerry Yee is disappointed with his team’s ‘fluctuating’ maturity.

“When they get in the court, they play differently from what we practiced,” Yee said in Filipino. “We really need to be patient with them.”

With the huge possibility of clinching a Final Four slot, Yee said they will hope that fate goes their way.

“We are going to pray that La Salle beats NU so we can avoid a playoff,” Yee said in Filipino.

UP’s final four hopes will depend on the outcome of the NU-DLSU game. A win by DLSU will give UP the fourth spot.

UP absorbs tough loss against La Salle

by David Tristan Yumol

IMG_9473 (2)
The La Salle Lady Archers try to block off Lady Maroon Kathy Bersola’s drop, ultimately leading to their victory. Photo by Hannah Paguila.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-18, 12-25, 18-25, 21-25, in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

Rookie Diana Carlos was the lone double-digit scorer for the Diliman-based spikers with 14 points. Fellow rookie Isa Molde and skipper Kathy Bersola added eight and seven points respectively as UP slid to a 6-4 record in the team standings.

“We failed to stick [to] our game plan. Coach wants us to work on our first touch, which is the service and first ball. We don’t know what happened today,” Bersola said.

Things are looking good for the Maroons in the first set as they scored six unanswered points led by Carlos’ kills after being down 0-4.

The momentum continued when UP tallied its biggest lead, 24-16, mostly off aces from Nicole Tiamzon and Molde. They eventually closed the set with a seven-point lead.

A complete turnaround happened during the second set when the Archers started an onslaught of attacks to lead early, 8-3.

La Salle, eventually, made a huge scoring spree midway through the set with their 9-0 run to grab a commanding 15-point deficit, 21-6.

UP tried to get back on track by scoring five unanswered points at the homestretch of the set, 12-24, but failed to end it with a respectable act by committing a service error.

The third set exposed more of UP’s vulnerability as their spikes were not converted to points anchored by the impressive defense at the net of crowd darling Mika Reyes and team captain Kim Fajardo.

Spikes from Archer Mary Joy Baron also bared the defensive lapses of the Maroons especially on who will get the ball after the attack was made.

These mistakes were somehow corrected early in the fourth set when UP had good touches and benefitted from the aces of Hope Christian High standouts Molde and Carlos that kept La Salle’s lead to one, 7-8.

The Archers, however, capitalized on their attacks through the efforts of Kim Dy and Ara Galang to close out the win for the Taft-based spikers.

Despite the defeat, Bersola was optimistic that their performance in this outing was a learning experience for the team.

“I don’t want to feel this way anymore. That’s what I want to instill with my teammates. I don’t want to happen like in the past seasons when we pull away from the games that we know we are capable of winning,” she said.

Bersola added, “This kind of games will teach us our individual playing capabilities and what will lose to us if we give away the win to our opponents.”

Dy and Reyes both contributed 14 points while Galang added 12 points for La Salle.

Next game for UP will be this Sunday against University of the East, 2 pm, at the Philsports Arena.

UP ends 9-year win drought against ADMU

The University of the Philippines showed some grit and pulled off an upset against two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22.

by Anton Onato

12837749_1058736727523957_1833671483_o_zpslwdlctvz
The UP Women’s Volleyball Team in top form after winning 3 sets to 1 against the defending champions from Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Anton Onato.

It’s another upset. This time against the defending champions.

The University of the Philippines showed some grit and pulled off an upset against two-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila University, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22, in the second round of eliminations of UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at San Juan Arena, Sunday.

Four Lady Maroons scored in double digit with rookie Isa Molde leading the charge with 15 points, four of which came from service aces. Diana Carlos and Nicole Tiamzon provided 12 points each as skipper Kat Bersola contributed 10 markers.

“We had better first ball [compared to the first round meeting]. We also had better blockings in this game,” Molde said in Filipino.

UP had seven kill blocks compared to Ateneo’s five.

Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, tospcored Ateneo, which dropped to 6-2 after losses to La Salle and UP, with 19 points as Jhoana Maraguinot chipped in 15 markers in losing effort.

After a diesel start in the first set, UP went on to take the next sets by banking on their excellent offense. They also capitalized on Ateneo’s errors whom they last defeated on Jan. 17, 2007.

The Fighting Lady Maroons is now on solo third with 5-3 win-loss card. They will face Adamson University on Saturday at San Juan Arena.

 

This article was originally published in a slightly different format on the Tinig ng Plaridel Facebook page. It has been republished here in full.

UP closes out UST in four-set thriller

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses in four sets, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 32-30, today in the UAAP 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

by Denver del Rosario

University of the Philippines overwhelms University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 32-30, in UAAP women’s…

Posted by Tinig ng Plaridel on Sunday, 28 February 2016

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses in four sets, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 32-30, today in the UAAP 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

The Lady Maroons proved to be the more composed team after surviving seven grueling deuces in the fourth set.

Rookie Diana Carlos and veteran Nicole Tiamzon spearheaded the Diliman-based squad with 15 and 14 points each.

On the other hand, Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure led the Lady Tigresses with 20 points each. UP took a nine-point lead early in the first set, 19-10, courtesy of UST errors.

The Lady Maroons ultimately snatched the set via an attack by Marian Buitre, 25-19. The host school breezed through the second set as they stringed six consecutive points for a 10-point lead, 22-12, three of which came from Tiamzon’s attacks.

Rookie Justine Dorog capped off the second set for the Diliman-based squad with an offspeed attack, 25-18.

However, the Lady Tigresses refused to give up as Laure led the onslaught with seven points in the third set, including the closing kill, 16-25.

In the fourth set, UP had its chance to close the set, 24-23, but an error by Buitre tied the game 24-all. UST staged a set point, 27-28, via a Rondina block.

However, Kathy Bersola responded with a block of her own to tie the set, 28-all. Finally, the Lady Maroons finally sealed the victory by denying Rondina’s attack, 32-30.

Team captain Kat Bersola, who contributed 11 points for UP, praised the team’s composure in the pressure-packed moments of the last set as a factor for their victory.

“Nakita ko sa mata ng teammates ko yung focus, at kumapit talaga kami sa set na yun,” she said. (I saw the focus in my teammates’ eyes, and we really held on in that set.)

On losing the third set, Bersola acknowledged the heavy serves of the Lady Tigresses as the reason for their breakdown.

“From the start pa lang, nakita naman na nahirapan kami sa first ball, and nagulat kami kasi hindi naman sila ganun mag-serve in the first two sets,” she said. (From the start, it is evident that we struggled with the first ball, and we were surprised because they didn’t serve like that in the first two sets.)

The host school will next face the National University Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Katherine Bersola: A story of recovery and resurgence

As she stepped into the taraflex court after a very long time, elation surged through her body. Every after jump and spike meant everything, especially after recovering from a crucial injury that affected her career last season in the UAAP. For someone like Katherine Bersola whose love is playing volleyball, it was a feeling like no other.

by Denver del Rosario

12496176_979610502119350_5778151390009766385_o
UP Women’s Volleyball team captain Katherine Bersola. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.

As she stepped into the taraflex court after a very long time, elation surged through her body. Every after jump and spike meant everything, especially after recovering from a crucial injury that affected her career last season in the UAAP.

For someone like Katherine Bersola whose love is playing volleyball, it was a feeling like no other.

Bersola, who just returned in collegiate action after an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury on her left knee in their match against Adamson University last UAAP season, described her happiness as a “crazy” one.

“Sobrang saya ko talaga, kanina tumatalon-talon pa ako na parang ewan,” she said, laughing. (I was so happy, I was jumping like a fool.)

When Bersola was injured, she was pulled out for the rest of the season and was forced to watch her team from the sidelines.

Instead of losing hope in her dreams as some athletes do after suffering from a terrible physical damage, Bersola, acted differently, undergoing every examination and therapy she needed, hoping that one day she would finally set foot on that volleyball court again.

“Well, dumating sa point na na-depress ako, pero dahil sobrang mahal ko lang kasi yung sport,” she said. “But that only lasted for two weeks, up until my operation. After that, wala na, positive lang lagi yung mindset ko at natuto akong maging optimistic.”

(It came to a point where I got depressed, but only because I love the sport so much. But that only lasted for two weeks, up until my operation. After that, I only had positive mindset and I learned to be optimistic.)

The process of her recovery was not easy, but the Sports Science major found some pillars of strength from the support she got from her teammates and the UP community.

12656185_10204662574198692_1462980072_o
Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer.

Now that she’s back in action for UP with her new role as the team captain, Bersola promises to give her best while putting her previous injury behind her if ever she performs poorly.

When I look back at everything I’ve been through, I won’t even believe that I’m one of those people who can survive such injury.

“It is definitely not an excuse anymore,” she said. “Ngayong team captain na ako, kailangan ako yung huling-huling bibigay sa team.” (Now that I am the team captain, I need to be the last one to crumble in the team.)

With the time she took to recover fro
m the injury, the new team captain also picked up few life lessons.

“First is to be patient and to be resilient, na kahit pangit yung laro ko or matalo man kami, dapat ready ako to bounce back for the team,” she said. (First is to be patient and resilient, that even when I played badly or we lost, I am ready to bounce back for the team.)

Bersola also learned to loosen up during matches while taking good care of her body.

“I learned to relax, kasi one of the reasons why I got injured is dahil sobrang tense ng katawan and nagcoconstrict yung muscles ko,” she said. (I learned to relax, because one of the reasons why I got injured is because my body is so tense and my muscles are constricting.)

Looking forward for a final four finish this season, Bersola hopes to draw inspiration from her own story of fighting through adversity.

“Pag nag-look back ako sa mga pinagdaanan ko, sobrang di ko aakalain na isa ako sa mga tao na kayang maka-survive ng ganung injury,” she said.

(When I look back at everything I’ve been through, I won’t even believe that I’m one of those people who can survive such injury.)

With Bersola back in the game and back doing what she loves most, the UP Women’s Volleyball team is stronger than ever with a team captain tested by fire who has managed to rise gloriously amidst the ashes of adversary.

Lady Maroons end season on a high note, keep Lady Warriors winless

The University of the Philippines ended its UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball campaign on a high note, dominating University of the East 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines ended its UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball campaign on a high note, dominating University of the East 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Graduating team captain Angeli Araneta gave her all in her final game donning the Maroon jersey as she scored a game-high 15 points, including 11 spikes. Katherine Bersola also tallied nine points to help the Maroons record their first back-to-back wins since Season 72.

Fresh from their surprise win against FEU last February 9, the Lady Maroons showed their high morale coming into the match. They comfortably dominated the first set with the help of the powerful spikes of Bersola, aces from Araneta, and timely blocks of setter Nicole Tiamzon.

The Lady Warriors put up a scare entering the second set as rookie Shaya Adorador and team skipper Sarina Bulan combined to lead UE to a 6-0 run and pull ahead, 21-20.

But the Diliman-based spikers stood firm and took advantage of two crucial errors by UE to regain the lead, 22-21. With her high momentum rolling, Bersola scored the last two crucial points for UP to nail a four-point win in the second set.

The Lady Maroons dished out their scoring prowess in the third set and dominate it all the way in the end and never gave up the lead to the Lady Warriors.

“I am happy with how we played in our final game of the season today. Even though we’re a bit relaxed in the second set, the team gave their hearts out in winning this game,” said Araneta.

The team captain was also proud of the team’s improvement in this season and shared their secret in motivating them to perform at their best in every game.

“We pray together as a team and give out all our best in practice to show that we can compete with our opponents. As the captain, I am proud that each of us grew in those ways for us to be the best that we can be when we step into the court,” she added

UP finished the season with a 3-11 record while UE ended their season winless in 14 games.

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 Maroons out of UAAP Volleyball final four

The University of the Philippines is officially out of the final four after bowing down to the University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, in the second round of UAAP women’s volleyball Sunday at San Juan Arena.

Photos by Demerie Dangla

The University of the Philippines is officially out of the final four after bowing down to the University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, in the second round of UAAP women’s volleyball Sunday at the San Juan Arena.

[imagebrowser id=104]

Lady Eagles stun Maroons in another lackluster performance

The Ateneo de Manila University once again proved their mastery over the University of the Philippines in their second round meeting of Women’s Volleyball, 25-15, 25-14, 26-24 Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.

by Christian Ver Marcelo

The Ateneo de Manila University once again proved their mastery over the University of the Philippines in their second round meeting of Women’s Volleyball, 25-15, 25-14, 26-24 Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Maroons evidently struggled in scoring as no one managed to score in double figures. Captain and top scorer Angeli Araneta piled up eight points, while setter Nicole Tiamzon and spiker Julienne Calugcug added five and four points respectively.

However, UP did not easily give up the fight. They led the opening set up to the first technical timeout, 8-5, and rallied fiercely in the tight third set.

It was when Lady Eagles’ captain Alyssa Valdez heated up and led her squad, with contributions from her teammates Amy Ahomiro and Ella de Jesus, that things started to go downhill for the Maroons in the opening frame.

Looking upset, the Maroons showed less aggressiveness in the following set as the Eagles dominated and finished with an 11-point lead.

UP refused to bow down on the third and rallied toe to toe with the Eagles to keep the score close. Libero Princess Gaiser dug up Valdez’ powerful hits and gave the Maroons chances to attack.

At 24-all, UP then gave up a point from a miscommunication error between Gaiser and Sheeka Espinosa. Valdez then ended the game with a drop shot.

Valdez scored 19 points, 14 from attacks, three aces and two blocks. Ahomiro and de Jesus also backed up with 14 and eight points, respectively.

The Maroons, who are usually strong in the blocking department, registered a dismal count of six successful blocks in the game.

UP will face University of Santo Tomas on Sunday at the FilOil Arena in San Juan, hoping to add another victory to their lone win against University of the East in the first round.

Surprise starter Julienne Calugcug shines as UP grabs 1st win in UAAP volleyball

The University of the Philippines disposed the listless University of the East, 25-8, 25-18, 25-16, to clinch their first win in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines disposed the listless University of the East, 25-8, 25-18, 25-16, to clinch their first win in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Among all the scorers for UP, surprise starter Julienne Calugcug proved to be the revelation throughout the game. She scored a game-high 11 points, including 10 spikes, to finally lift the Lady Maroons into the win column of the team standings.

Team skipper Angeli Araneta and Katherine Bersola also registered 11 points apiece to fuel a dominating win by the Maroons. Sheeka Espinosa contributed eight points to boost the UP morale going into the second round of eliminations.

The Diliman-based squad exploded for seven unanswered points mid first set for an aggressive start, a momentum they kept to finally grab the coveted win.

In the early part of the second set, the Lady Warriors challenged to claim the lead against the Lady Maroons. But the combined efforts of Araneta, Calugcug, and Nicole Tiamzon overpowered the Recto-based squad to push UP ahead two sets to none.

The Warriors once again threatened to steal the show in the third set, through their top scorer Shaya Adorador. Yet again, Bersola and Calugcug lead a 7-3 run in the homestretch to finish the match in a convincing fashion for State U.

UE struggled offensively as none of their players scored in double figures. Adorador lead the team in scoring, collecting only nine points. The loss also stretched the Lady Warriors’ losing streak to 23, dating back to Season 74.

Lady Tams keep Maroons winless in UAAP volleyball

The University of the Philippines fell to their third straight loss against the resurgent Far Eastern University, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines fell to their third straight loss against the resurgent Far Eastern University, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Mary Palma and Bernadette Pons provided the headaches for UP as they spearheaded FEU’s  offense with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Samantha Dawson also added 12 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who bounced back from a loss at the hands of the Ateneo Lady Eagles.

Skipper Angeli Araneta led way with 10 points for the Lady Maroons, while Katherine Bersola contributed eight points, including six from attacks.

The first set proved to be an acid test for the Maroons as they failed to grab a taste of the lead all throughout the set en route to a 25-19 set win for FEU.

The second set saw the Maroons resurged, zooming to a 3-0 lead early on before engaging the Tamaraws in a see-saw battle.

However, the Morayta-based squad overpowered the gallant efforts of UP with the unstoppable combination of Palma and Pons, who both fueled an upsurge at crunchtime to grab another set.

The sustained fighting form of FEU kept them ahead in the third canto leading to a sweep.

UP remained winless after three outings while FEU improved to a 2-1 win-loss slate.

The Maroons will next face defending champion De La Salle University on Sunday, December 15, 2 pm at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Lady Maroons succumb to 5-set thriller vs Falcons

After three close sets, the Lady Maroons lost steam and handed the Lady Falcons a 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18, 15-8 win in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

by Antonio Lorenzo Regondola

The battle between Adamson University and the University of the Philippines was the first five-setter of the UAAP Season 76, and both teams did not disappoint.

After three close sets, the Lady Maroons lost steam and handed the Lady Falcons a 23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18, 15-8 win in the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Adamson soared high behind Shiela Pineda’s  21 points but it was Luisa Zapanta’s 17 which made the biggest lift during the crucial moments of the final two sets. Faye Guevara added 16 of her own, including two aces and a block.

Maroons’ skipper Angeli Araneta paced UP with 18 points, 15 of which came from attacks. Katherine Bersola had 17 points and three blocks. Bersola was vital in the frontline, which scored nine points off blocks.

With the Falcons up 23-22 late in the opening frame, the Maroons seized the set after scoring three straight points, capped off by a Sheeka Espinosa ace.

UP carried its strong play over to the second set and extended their lead 16-13 courtesy of Bersola. But Adamson rallied back, scoring four unanswered points right after the technical timeout to inch past the Maroons, 17-16. The Falcons then scored four of the last five points to take the second frame.

Adamson had an early 11-4 lead in the middle of the third when UP strung together five consecutive scores to cut the lead to two, 11-9.

With the Maroons trailing 24-23 late in the third set, Araneta scored on an attack to tie the score. She then followed it up with an ace to grab the lead and steal the set.

The Falcons seized control in the fourth and fifth sets. Pineda, Zapanta, and Amanda Villanueva led the assault, winning the final two cantos comfortably ahead by seven points.

Up next for the Maroons are the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on Wednesday, December 11 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.