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La Salle uses broom on Ateneo, completes volley 3-peat

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LA SALLE players and team members celebrate after receiving the trophy. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

A forceful and fabulous finish propelled La Salle back on top.

Making it quick as promised, La Salle downed rival Ateneo in straight sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16, to bag their third straight UAAP women’s volleyball championship yesterday in front of a passionate crowd of over 18,000 at Mall of Asia.

Mika Reyes typified La Salle’s main strength as the sophomore star scored seven off blocks to finish with a team-high 16 points.

“There was  no doubt in our minds that we could win this,” said Finals MVP Michelle Gumabao. “At the start of the season, coach (Ramil de Jesus) told us we can win this. So we conditioned our minds and really believed.”

Ara Galang and Abigail Maraño shared the season Most Valuable Player honor, underscoring perhaps the remarkable teamwork that carried the Lady Archers throughout the season.

In another dominant windup, Galang wrapped up the match with a service ace and a block in the third set where the Lady Archers rose from a 9-13 deficit.

Galang dropped 12 points, 10 off kills, and Maraño, also named as the league’s Best Blocker, had 12 markers in Game 2 where the Lady Archers foiled the Lady Eagles’ strong start in every set.

“This is sweet because it is the fruit of all our labor,” said De Jesus.

The volleyball crown capped a strong sports season for La Salle, which captured its first league overall championship after snapping University of Santo Tomas’ 14-year reign.

Earlier, Far Eastern University kept its back-to-back title bid alive after turning back National University, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, in Game 2 of the men’s title round.

The winner-take-all men’s Game 3 is set at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Gumabao pumped in six points and Cyd Demecillo, a revelation in the series, also chipped in six markers.

The Lady Eagles looked capable of forging a fourth set behind Alyssa Valdez, 13-9, before the Lady Archers’ poise again came in full display with a 12-2 surge to pull away at 21-15 in the final frame.

“Everything that we worked hard for really came to this,” said Reyes.

The Lady Archers closed out the season with an impressive 16-game winning streak and will receive as incentive a trip to Hong Kong courtesy of port magnate Mikee Romero, the team’s backer.

La Salle’s Red Christensen and UST’s Mark Gil Alfafara shared the men’s MVP plum. Other winners in the women’s division were Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez (Best Scorer) and Jem Ferrer (Best Setter), NU’s Myla Pablo (Best Attacker), Jennylyn Reyes (Best Digger and Best Receiver) and Aiko Urdas (Rookie of the Year) and Adamson’s Shiela Pineda (Best Server).


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  • unc_sammy

    Lahat na aspeto ng laro, lalo na sa depensa, angat na angat ang DLSU. Sa receiving and setting natalo ang Ateneo. Nasa cloud nine yata si Ferrer pagka-tanggap niya ng Best Setter award. This was the same department where UST was knocked out, mabagal ang setting ng bola and very predictable ang mga atake. Congrats sa lahat, kung walang talo, walang panalo. . . ganyan ang laro. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.macks.7 Ronald Macks

    both team have a good player. hindi lng tlga para sa kanila ang game. congrat’s to la salle.

  • GREEN_PASTURES

    Dati China trip ngayon Hong Kong, baka next year papalapit na – Binondo! Sana next time Japan or Korea. Hahaha-ingget lang tayo. Congrats gurls !!!

  • 11koji11

    puro kasi pa cute yung players ng blue eagles….ayun….sinaksak ng pana’…….

    • Andres_Bagumbayan

      Puro pa-cute o talagang cute ang manlalaro ng Ateneo kumpara sa la salle….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQGLJJER2WF5O5DE24W4TZQ2UM ramon davidd

        Andres, if you want cute, go and watch a beauty contest.  This was never about who’s more cute but who’s more deserving of the championship.  Grow up.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4GAMKLWTOEY5N3JH2X3SZ26XA Dexter S

      Cute din naman yung mga nasa La Salle team.  Yun nga lang cute na killers.  Congrats Lady Spikers!

  • DIGOYBULOY

    anu bay yan, wala man lang kahit isang maganda.. yung iba parang longkatuts pa.. wala bang pangtapat ang lasalle kay gretchen ho?

    • GREEN_PASTURES

      ahahahahaaaaa, hohoho, hehehehe, this is so funny, you really made my day, harharhar. more of this please, hohohoho!!!

      • DIGOYBULOY

         welcome :) glad to know i made you smile

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQGLJJER2WF5O5DE24W4TZQ2UM ramon davidd

      Grethen Ho can join a beauty contest (may K siya), but for pete’s sake, this is a volleyball game.  And as in any sport, the championship goes to the most talented, best prepared, and highest motivated team.  Or don’t you understand that?

      • DIGOYBULOY

        sorry na kung tinawag kong mukhang katul0ng gf mo! LOL.. affected ka masyado eh!  gusto ko nga sana sabihin ung iba mukha pang kargador, pero pinigilan ko sarili ko.

  • Emilio Aguinaldo

    Go FEU & PHCR!!!

  • archerfan

    ANIMO LA SALLE!!! Great job girls! 

  • w33k3nd3r

    That’s right~ you use a broom to get rid of dirt!

    • Andres_Bagumbayan

      Ayos lang iyon…kulelat naman ang La Salle sa pagiging mahusay na unibersidad kumpara sa Ateneo!!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQGLJJER2WF5O5DE24W4TZQ2UM ramon davidd

        Atenista ka?

  • Jun Go

    talagang winalis!

    animo la salle!



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