WOMEN’S: MADE FOR THIS
If you were to give me a chance to put together the perfect team out of the DLSU WVT, you could do no better than having one of the tallest, most skilled setters in college volleyball in Kim Fajardo and pairing her up with the underrated, all-around brilliance of Cyd Demecillo.
But, DLSU has had a history of performing below expectations in beach volleyball, so it should come to no surprise that the Fajardo-Demecillo combo was caught off-guard by a rookie UST tandem in their first game.
In their 18-21, 13-21 loss to the suddenly orange Tigresses, the Lady Spikers seemed to have trouble adjusting to the court and external elements beach volleyball brings as UST’s beach-volleyball-exclusive roster moved like gazelles in the savanna on the sand.
But, all is not with DLSU, this tandem still has 6 games left to find their groove and possibly barge into the Final Four. But with other teams boasting pairs better acclimated to the rigors of beach volleyball, La Salla might have to settle for spot out of the Final Four this season.
DLSU’s Mike Frey and Levin Dimayuga stumbled out of the gates of their beach volleyball campaign as they fell to their rivals, Ateneo, 14-21, 18-21.
ADMU was able to completely control the tempo of the first set and staved-off any comeback attempt from DLSU during the second set. La Salle showed flashes of life throughout the match, establishing several scoring runs but just got walled by Ateneo from stringing together extended scoring runs.
With the rest of the league fielding more experienced teams, the DLSU Spikers are almost certainly going to be fodder for other teams.