De La Salle University banked on solid net defense and strong serves to stop University of the Philippines (UP), 18-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21, and gain a share of lead in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Graduating Mika Reyes and utility spiker Kim Dy posted 14 points each to tow La Salle to an 8-2 slate, the same card of league-leading two-time champion Ateneo de Manila University.
Former Most Valuable Player Ara Galang chipped in 12 markers and playmaker Kim Fajardo delivered 32 excellent sets for the Lady Spiker, who scored 10 aces and six blocks.
The Lady Maroons absorbed their fourth loss against six wins but remained in the No. 3 position behind the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers.
UP committed 31 errors, mostly from the service area.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas (UST) survived Adamson University, 25-21, 17-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-12, to keep its Final Four bid alive.
Power-hitting EJ Laure and Cherry Ann Rondina once again powered the Tigresses to another thrilling victory as they scored 21 points each.
UST joined National University and Far Eastern University (FEU) in a three-way tie for fourth with 5-5 while Adamson fell to 3-7.
In the men’s division, Adamson nipped FEU, 14-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-19, to strengthen its grip of the second spot with 7-3.
Jerome Sarmiento led the Soaring Falcons with 15 points on 12 attacks and three blocks, and Michael Saduria contributed 12 markers highlighted by two blocks and two aces.
The Tamaraws, who committed 37 unforced errors, fell to 5-5.
La Salle, on the other hand, stay alive with a 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11 win over UST.
The Green Spikers and the Growling Tigers are now tied at sixth place with identical 4-6.
Meanwhile, middle hitter Maddie Madayag suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear during Ateneo’s training at the Blue Eagle Gym on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-11 sophomore will be out for the rest of the season and is scheduled to undergo operation after Holy Week.
Madayag is the top candidates for Best Blocker and Best Server awards.