Photo by Keith Magcaling
Text by Luisa Morales
The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons made quick work of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB) Lady Blazers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-13, 25-19, to take their second win in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
UP started strong from the get-go, leading the Blazers throughout most of the first set.
Despite a run from CSB late in the set, the Lady Maroons were able to hold their ground, winning the first, 25-19.
With a barrage of attacks and stellar floor defense, the Lady Maroons cruised through the second set, 25-13 to take the dominating 2-0 lead.
Going into the third frame, CSB couldn’t find any answers to the stifling Maroon offense.
UP doubled up on CSB, 16-8 at the second technical timeout. But the Blazers weren’t about to go away just yet.
The Taft squad went on a furious run to catch up to State U, cutting the deficit to just a couple, 19-21.
Luckily for UP, the girls were able to prevent a late match meltdown with a 6-0 run and took the third and final set, 25-19.
Team Captain Tots Carlos led the way for the Maroons with 14 points, while player of the game Rem Cailing contributed with 24 excellent sets for the win.
“Maganda yung ginawa ng team ngayon, nagkaproblems lang sa sunod sunod na error” Carlos said after the game.
UP dominated the Blazers in almost every aspect of the game, including spikes where they outscored CSB 38-15, but they also committed six more errors, 28-22.
With the victory, State U is now on a win streak. The Diliman team hopes to push the streak to three as they face the San Beda College Red Lionesses on Saturday, September 23.