La Salle slams FEU, reclaims women’s volleyball crown

The De La Salle Lady Spikers proved why they are the most dominant team in the UAAP for the last decade.

The reigning champs De La Salle Lady Spikers clinched their third straight title – their sixth in eight years – as they bested the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, Wednesday afternoon at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Graduating defense specialist Dawn Macandili was hailed as the first ever libero Finals MVP in the UAAP after averaging 22.5 digs and 10.5 excellent receptions in the finals series.

The Lady Tamaraws were already poised to take the opening set, 21-24. But veteran spiker Kim Kianna Dy delivered the goods for La Salle to snatch the first frame, 26-24.

On the following set, the Lady Spikers were off to a rousing start as they take a commanding lead, 14-7. The Lady Tams were able to trim the deficit to four points but La Salle showed their composure with Dy and last year’s Finals MVP Desiree Cheng leading the assault, 25-20.

The Lady Tams were leading early in the third set. But La Salle’s ability to comeback were on full display as they erected a seven point lead midway the set, 19-12.

Jerilli Malabanan came up big in third frame as the Lady Tams forced a deuce. Dy and Tin Tiamzon provided the finishing blow to seal the title in favor of the green-and-white squad, 26-24.

Dy topscored La Salle in her final UAAP game with team-high 19 markers. Fellow senior Majoy Baron and Tiamzon racked up 10 points, respectively.

Despite upping her numbers from the previous match, FEU captain Bernadeth Pons’ 17 points was not enough to salvage her team’s title aspirations. No other Lady Tamaraw finished in double-digits.

The victory marks La Salle’s 11th championship in the Women’s Volleyball category and their third grand slam feat.