Photo and text by Luisa Morales
The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons dominated the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) Lady Engineers in straight sets (25-20, 25-9, 25-13) to grab their first win in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Arena, Monday.
Despite the absence of Marist Layug due to health reasons, the Diliman squad had no problems in handling the Lady Engineers as they maintained a comfortable lead throughout the match.
The first set would be the closest the Lady Engineers would get to the Maroons, only trailing by five at the end, 20-25.
UP continued to overpower TIP at the second. Sending a barrage of attacks against the Lady Engineers, UP’s lead ballooned to double digits as they took the set, 25-9.
Playing with a comfortable 2-0 lead in the match, UP continued to attack and TIP couldn’t seem to find any answers.
UP’s domination peaked at the third set, leading TIP 16-3 at the second technical timeout.
The Lady Engineers managed to salvage a few points off of State U errors but eventually lost the third, 13-25.
The dominating win is the first for UP at the PVL Collegiate Conference and provided a much needed confidence boost for the team.
“Malaking impact samin nung natalo kami ng Adamson, sobrang gusto naming bumawi” UP skipper Tots Carlos said after the game.
Carlos led the Diliman squad with 14 points while Isa Molde chipped in 12 markers, including six service aces.
On the other hand, no Lady Engineer scored in double digits. Ashley Jinon led TIP with six points.
UP cruises past TIP for first win
Hoping to build on the momentum, UP is set to face NCAA volleyball champions De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Lady Blazers next Monday, Sept 18.