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.


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