Three-peat seeking De La Salle University Lady Spikers enter the semifinals round as first seed after trouncing Ateneo Lady Eagles in straight sets today.
With this, they carry a twice-to-beat advantage as they face fourth-seeded National University in the Final Four.
The Taft-based squad finished the elimination with a 12-2 win loss card, including a perfect seven-game winning streak in the second round.
Open spiker Tin Tiamzon said in a post-game interview that they dedicate this impressive run for the seniors of team.
“It’s all for our seniors po na they have a good exit sa playing career sa UAAP,” Tiamzon said. “Talagang para po sa kanila. And also for the La Sallian community, coaches and La Sallian community.”
But more than this, Tiamzon is eyeing for the ultimate goal: another championship for the green and white squad.
In her previous games, Tiamzon had been struggling in scoring, even getting replaced by May Luna in some games.
La Salle Coach Ramil de Jesus noticed Tiamzon’s inconsistencies during games. The perfectionist coach then talked to Tiamzon after their Adamson game and told her to do better in the next games. Tiamzon only scored five points in their four-set win against Adamson.
“Well, last time against Adamson, medyo mababa ‘yung performance niya last time so sinabi ko sa kanya bumawi siya next time. Hindi pupwedeng ganoon lang ‘yung numbers niyo ni Aduke.,” De Jesus said.
These words from the multi-titled coach, nevertheless, did not fall on deaf ears as Tiamzon heeded to the reminder and stepped up against Ateneo.
For Tiamzon, however, she is still not happy with her performance. She said there are still areas of improvement that need to be addressed.
“For me po, ‘yung consistency na lahat kami nag-gegel at we are all in-sync sa game. ‘Yun po talaga ‘yung ultimate goal namin,” Tiamzon said.
“Kasi pagka ganoon po na gel kami lahat, ang gaan po maglaro sa loob ng court ‘pag lahat kami in the zone and focus para sa game at nagcocontribute for the whole team,” she added.
In their first round meeting, the Lady Spikers outlasted the Lady Eagles in four sets. During that game, Ateneo’s coach, Tai Bundit, was not present due to family matters.
De Jesus said after that match that the team still lacks the killer instinct.
Following the straight set win today, De Jesus noted that his wards just followed what the game plan was and had that killer instinct he wants to see.
“Noong first round kasi depende kasi pagiging condition ng Ateneo that time. Wala ‘yung coach nila. Mabigat para sa isang team na wala ang coach,” De Jesus said.
“Then noong second round, nandiyan ‘yung coach nila, kompleto sila. Siguro andito na ‘yung confidence ng setter namin. Na-gain na nila ‘yung tiwala sa bawat isa,” he added.
But the coach still wants to see more from his players. He wants everyone to start contributing for the team.
“Siguro mas magkasabay sabay na lang ‘yung lahat ng players. ‘Yun ‘yung kailangan naming i-practice kasi may mga times na iilan lang ‘yung nakaka-score, ‘yung iba help na lang,” he said. “So, mas maganda siguro kung lahat sila nagcocontribute sa team.”
La Salle’s win against Ateneo also sent the Far Eastern University into a twice-to-beat advantage as the Lady Tamaraws took over the Lady Eagles in the standings at number two.