De La Salle University Lady Spikers are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage entering the semi-finals round after crushing University of Santo Tomas in straight sets today, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.
But long-time mentor Ramil de Jesus is far from satisfied as he still sees things to improve for his team.
The Lady Spikers came from a long hiatus of playing competitive volleyball due to the Holy Week break.
De Jesus noted that one of La Salle’s weakness is that the girls become rusty whenever they come from this kind of long break.
“Well, ito ‘yung isang sakit ng La Salle na ‘pag long break, pagbalik dito medyo kinakalawang,” de Jesus said.
While the Lady Spikers won in straight sets, there were moments during the game that they were inconsistent with their plays and committed too many errors, according to De Jesus.
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“So, ito nga ‘yung palaging nireremind ko ‘yung team na pagka mahaba ang break, pagbalik medyo hindi tama ‘yung mga maraming unforced errors na ginagawa na parang hindi magkakilala sa loob,” he said.
“Well, at least, ang importante yung result na nakasurvive kami by straight sets kahit na medyo close ‘yung laro,” he added.
Graduating opposite spiker Kim Kianna Dy admitted that they were indeed rusty during the game. But for her the long break should not be an excuse for them not to play their brand of volleyball.
“Siguro nafeel namin nung start ng game pero inisip namin na hindi excuse ‘yung long break para hindi maging maganda ‘yung laro namin. Bumawi naman kami para hindi kami mahirapan,” she said.
Dy topscored the La Salle side with 12 points off 8 attacks and four kill blocks.
With the win, DLSU now holds the solo lead with 10-2 win-loss card. They are set to face Adamson University, the team who beat them in the first round, on Wednesday.
Dy vowed to avenge their first round loss against the Lady Falcons.