With a Thailand-based training camp at stake, the action in the first installment of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Collegiate Grand Slam Conference is starting to gain steam after two playdates.
Only played every Saturday, the six participating collegiate teams have all debuted and shown an early preview of what they are capable of to win the inaugural season of the collegiate tourney.
Three of the top bets to win the conference came from the highly-vaunted UAAP and are currently sitting at the upper half of the standings, while dwelling at the lower half are the teams who are yet to find their groove.
Action resumes on November 17 with the much-anticipated clash between UAAP heavyweights University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University at 12 n.n.
Check out our Power Rankings:
6. DLSU – Dasmariñas Lady Patriots, 0-1 (0 points)
The Lady Patriots have to work through their offense and net defense as they absorbed a straight set demolition, 21–25, 16–25, 11–25, from FEU last Saturday.
The Cavite-based squad was outmatched by the Lady Tamaraws in all departments but digging, where they tallied 59 digs compared to FEU’s 49.
Rain Cyrille and Mara Galicia combined for a meager 13-point output for the Lady Patriots, who were outmatched in attacks, 20 to 43, and blocks, none to five.
5. Colegio of San Agustin – Biñan Eagles, 0-2 (0 points)
After two tries, the hapless CSA– Biñan is still winless following their four-set loss against the UP Lady Maroons.
The Eagles displayed grit and grind and managed to steal a set from the newly-crowned PVL collegiate champion before dropping the 6–25, 25–21, 16–25, 22–25 match.
The Laguna-based squad needs to improve their receiving game as the Lady Maroons preyed on their weak reception with huge 16 aces.
4. University of the East Lady Lady Warriors, 0-1 (0 points)
The University of the East (UE) is still touting a 0-1 card after not seeing action last weekend.
The Lady Warriors bowed to the Lady Maroons in four sets, 25-22, 16-25, 22-25, 29-31, to open their campaign with a loss.
Mary Ann Mendrez and Judith Abil conspired for 29 hits, while Kath Arado dished out 30 digs and 23 excellent receptions on a losing effort.
3. Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 1-0 (3 points)
FEU essayed an impressive sweep of DLSU-D Lady Patriots, 25-21, 25-16, 25-11, in their conference opener.
After the tight first frame, the Morayta-based Tamaraws got deadlier in the last two with upcoming UAAP rookie Lyca Ebon and Ivana Agudo leading the charge.
They have to control their errors, though, as 15 of DLSU-D’s 16 points in the second frame were from their miscues.
2. University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses, 1-0 (3 points)
Coach Kung Fu Reyes had the opportunity to field all of his wards during the UST’s 25-12, 25-13, 25-10 win against CSA Eagles.
Everyone from the Tigresses’ 14-woman lineup saw action and scored in their debut win, with Milena Alessandrini and rookie Eya Laure leading the way with eight hits apiece.
UST fired 38 kills on a 37.18 percent success rate and made a living from the service line with 12 aces compared to CSA’s zero.
1. University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 2-0 (6 points)
UP was on a roll as they topped the standings with an unblemished 2-0 slate.
The Lady Maroons bucked a second frame setback and clobbered the CSA Eagles in four set, 25-6, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22.
Rookie Nicole Ann Magsarile took off the scoring load from skipper Tots Carlos as she led the team with her 12 kills and three aces for 15 markers.
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