La Salle surges past Ateneo in straight sets

In front of a massive crowd of almost over 23,000, the De La Salle Lady Spikers made quick work of their archrivals Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles in straight sets, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19, Sunday at MOA Arena.

The win marked La Salle’s eight consecutive victory and completed a sweep of the second round.

La Salle


MVPS DOING MVP WORK – The troika of Kim Dy, Des Cheng and Majoy Baron, who all became UAAP MVPs at some point, had a magnificent performance in the game. The three collectively had 34 points for another victory.

IN THEIR USUAL ELEMENT – La Salle outplayed Ateneo both in spikes and blocks. The Lady Spikers registered 42 kills compared to Ateneo’s 30. They also outblocked the Lady Eagles, 9-7. 

SUPERSUB – Norielle Ipac’s insertion in the game did wonders for the Lady Spikers. After overcoming a deficit midway the third set, Ipac’s timely hits spelled the difference for La Salle as they took the lead from then on, ultimately winning the game in a dominating fashion.


ON THE LOSING END – After surging to a five-game winning streak, the Lady Eagles closed their second round campaign with a pair of losses both in straight sets. Ateneo needs to find their winning ways in time for the semifinals.

NO MORE TWICE-TO-BEAT – With the loss, Ateneo will finish the eliminations as the third seed, automatically granting the FEU Lady Tamaraws the twice-to-beat advantage.

LACKLUSTER PERFORMANCE – Ateneo’s usual gunners had a subpar showing in the game. Only Kat Tolentino scored in double-digits with 15 points. Spiker Jho Maraguinot scored a lowly six points, while Bea de Leon only had three markers, a season-low for both spikers.