After an intense elimination round, the DLSU Lady Spikers emerged as the number one squad this season while their archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles dropped in the third place of the standings.
With Ateneo missing the twice-to-beat incentive for the first time since Season 77, it looks like going back to the finals would be a very tall order for the young Lady Eagles squad.
But stats tell a different story.
Looking at the numbers, it seems that after all the unpredictability, the tournament might be heading to another Ateneo-La Salle clash in the finals.
Can they translate stats to another finals appearance?
Here are the updated match results and team rankings:
La Salle showed no mercy against Ateneo yesterday despite being assured of the number one spot and the first twice-to-beat package.
The result, meanwhile, worked in favor of FEU as it steered the Lady Tamaraws to second place to clinch the last twice-to-beat advantage.
Come semifinals, league leader DLSU (11-3) will take on #4 NU Lady Bulldogs (7-7) while #2 FEU (10-4) and #3 Ateneo (9-5) completes the last final four pairing.
Despite key losses in their respective rosters, Ateneo and La Salle were still the names on top of the six team skills after 56 matches.
The defending champions lead all teams in the serving, digging, receiving, and setting categories while Ateneo dominates the blocking and spiking departments.
With the number one server Desiree Cheng at the helm, the Lady Spikers made a living in the service area, averaging 2.72 aces per set. Their tough serving game served as one of the biggest keys for DLSU’s dominance this season, with four Lady Spikers making it to the Top 10.
In the non-scoring department, the Taft-based squad remained as the most efficient defensive squad this year after averaging league’s best 15.28 digs per set and 36.94% success rate in its receiving efficiency.
Reigning best libero Dawn Macandili spearheaded the defensive chores for La Salle with 6.34 average digs per set and 52.31% success percentage in reception.
On top of its strong floor defense is DLSU’s steady setting, averaging 9.42 sets per frame, behind the brilliant orchestration of sophomore playmaker Michelle Cobb.
On the other hand, Ateneo has snatched the best blcoking team reocgnition from La Salle after recording 2.52 blocks per sets. Three Lady Eagles placed in the Top 10 best blockers, with Maddie Madayag leading the way, norming 0.57 blocks per set.
Despite struggling on their service reception and floor defense, the Lady Eagles are still the best spiking team this season with a team’s attack efficiency of 31.05%.
Will it be La Salle vs Ateneo for the seven straight time in the UAAP finals?
Stats don’t lie.
But they don’t matter if they are not translated to a “W.”