UAAP volleyball: La Salle ousts Ateneo, sets up Finals showdown vs NU | Inquirer Sports

UAAP volleyball: La Salle ousts Ateneo, sets up Finals showdown vs NU

/ 08:39 PM June 16, 2022
La Salle Lady Spikers are off to the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball finals.

La Salle Lady Spikers are off to the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball finals. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–La Salle encountered a late third-quarter jolt before shutting down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23, late Thursday to barge into the championship of the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Spikers will face unbeaten finalist National University in the best-of-three series beginning on Saturday.

ADVERTISEMENT

But it was not without a hitch as Ateneo relied on Faith Nisperos to lead a late-match charge bringing the Blue Eagles from 21-14 to 22-19 on her four straight points.

Then Erika Raagas took the cudgels helping Ateneo to breathe to La Salle’s neck at 23-22 and erase one match point for 24-23.

FEATURED STORIES

In the end, it was the well-oiled system of the Lady Spikers that prevailed as Thea Gagate and Leiah Malaluan next scored to preserve their first finals appearance in four seasons.

Malaluan finished with 16 points, while Gagate and Jolina Dela Cruz added 13 points each for the Lady Spikers. Nisperos ended with 19 markers for the fallen defending champions.

ADVERTISEMENT

La Salle didn’t waste time in imposing its might, rallying from a 7-10 deficit to take the lead at 12-11 on back-to-back aces by Dela Cruz. There was no looking back in the set once Aleiah Malaluan found her mark and Thea Gagate closed down the air space for the Blue Eagles.

The Lady Spikers scored four on kill-blocks while committing less errors in the opening frame, 8-3, as they showed fruits of a long break the Blue Eagles didn’t get.

The momentum spilled over to the second set as every Lady Spiker played their roles well in the La Salle system. Gagate slammed for a 21-18 lead which fuelled their end-set drive.

Ateneo top gunner Nisperos fired to close in at 22-20. But there was no other Blue Eagle willing or able to step up unlike La Salle’s Julia Coronel whose ace put the Lady Spikers to set-point in the second frame.

RELATED STORIES

UAAP volleyball: NU crushes La Salle to go 8-0

UAAP volleyball: NU dominates La Salle for 3-0 start

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: La Salle Lady Spikers, UAAP Finals, UAAP Season 84
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.