The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons used an all-around team effort offensively to clinch their second victory against the struggling UE Lady Warriors in a fast 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 sweep at the San Juan Arena.
Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon led the charge in the first set rampage by the Lady Maroons. The Lady Warriors were left blank by the blocks set up by UP, which built a comfortable lead early to dictate their rhythm.
In the second set, UE committed early errors that helped UP build a quick five-point lead. Vina Alinas tweaked her ankle in one block attempt but the gutsy Lady Maroon fought to stay on the court. The Lady Warriors capitalized as they pushed to grab the lead during the second set. Unfortunately for UE, the Lady Maroons unleashed a late set rally with the help of their defense to close the second set up by six.
In the third set, UE’s chances of putting up a rally were denied by several miscommunications and unforced errors. UP coach Gerry Yee also fielded his bench players to give more players the chance to contribute both offensively and defensively for the Lady Maroons.
“We adjusted our offense and our floor defense”, Bersola shared after bouncing back from a sweep against La Salle last weekend. “Alam na namin kung anong kulang samin”, she added.
In a total domination, UP attacked more, 39-25, and blocking was evident at 8-3. Nine players on the Lady Maroons roster scored at least a point, leaving UE still winless.
Both teams will hit the volleyball court next year after the break with UP facing the defending champions Ateneo while UE seeks its first victory against La Salle.
UP- Bersola 12, Araneta 11, Tiamzon 10, Ilustre 8, Sandoval 6, Ortiz 3, Alinas 2, Mangulabnan 1, Lai 1, Estranero(L) 0, Gaiser(L) 0
UE- Adorador 10, Dawis 7, Baliton 6, Olarve 4, Abil 0, Bendong 0, Ponon 0, Arado(L) 0