Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


La Salle vanquishes Rondina, UST for first win

With undisclosed injuries hampering them, defending champions De La Salle University Lady Spikers needed an all-around effort to overcome a career performance from Cherry Rondina and the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, at the the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Spikers went into the match with veteran opposite hitter Kianna Dy sidelined by a knee injury. La Salle’s play went up and down with each set, while the Tigresses fed off the energy of Rondina.

Both squads traded set wins, with UST carrying all the momentum following a rousing win in the fourth set. The Lady Spikers raced ahead in the final frame, grabbing a 7-2 lead before UST crept back. The Tigresses pulled in clutch points from Rondina to come within three, 7-10. But the Lady Spikers controlled the last ebb of the match, with their main rotation grabbing five of the last six points.

“Ever since the UniGames, hirap na talaga kami kalaban ang UST. Mahirap din na mag-adjust na biglaan kaming nagpalit ng player,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus, who revealed Dy is still recovering from a right knee hyper-extension.

Team captain Majoy Baron towed the Lady Spikers with 19 points built on 12 attacks, five blocks, and two aces. Desiree Cheng added 12 markers.

Rondina finished with 28 points, her second-best output in the UAAP. Rookie Fil-Italian stalwart Milena Alessandrini added 18 markers in her debut.

The Lady Spikers next face the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Tigresses will try to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on the University of the East Lady Warriors.

The Scores

#ReadMore  Paul Desiderio sinks game-winner, UST in season opener

DLSU (3) – Baron 19, Cheng 12, Ogunsanya 10, Dy 9, Tiamzon 9, Cobb 6, Layug 2, Luna 2, Tiu 2, Saga 0, Macandili (L)

UST (2) – Rondina 28, Alessandrini 18, Pacres 6, Bicar 4, Palec 3, Francisco 2, Viray 1, Bangad 0, Dizon 0, Sandoval 0, Rivera (L)

Written By

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

You May Also Like


Undefeated National University and Far Eastern University advanced to the semifinals of the 2024 Shakey’s Super League (SSL) National Invitationals on Saturday at the...


By: Ernest Tuazon Julia Coronel, chosen as the No. 3 pick by Galeries, attributed the success of the Lady Spikers in sweeping the first...

2024 FIVB Challenger Cup

Not getting the chance to face Vietnam during Alas Pilipinas’ bronze run in the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup for Women last May, Sisi Rondina...

2024 FIVB Challenger Cup

Vietnamese star Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen proved to be too much for Alas Pilipinas. The Philippines’ dreams of making it to the Volleyball Nations...

Alas Pilipinas

University of Santo Tomas completed a perfect run in the women’s division, while the New South Wales Phoenix of Australia topped the men’s side...

Alas Pilipinas

Choco Mucho was hampered by injuries in the previous Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference but still reached the finals before eventually bowing to Creamline....

Alas Pilipinas

Alas Pilipinas fell short against South Korean club Powerful Daegu in five sets, 26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 8-15, in the Serve-Spike Unite exhibition game...

2024 AVC Challenge Cup for Women

The time Alas Pilipinas spent together as one group may have been short, but it was fruitful, to say the least. The team gave...