La Salle displaying type that netted a number of championships


Thea Gagate (top) and the tall La Salle front line hopes to dominate the net more after a so-so performance in a win against University of the East. —UAAP MEDIA.

Thea Gagate (high) and the tall La Salle entrance line hopes to dominate the web extra after a so-so efficiency in a win in opposition to College of the East. —UAAP MEDIA.

An outdated energy is slowly making its manner again up, however it’s a younger squad oozing with promise that’s stealing the limelight.

La Salle continued tightening its grip on the highest spot on the day Adamson proved its mettle by bringing down streak-slaying College of Santo Tomas (UST) midway by way of the primary spherical of the UAAP Season 85 volleyball match.

And to show their seriousness as threats this season, neither the Woman Spikers nor the Woman Falcons sounded contented with their early success.

For La Salle, a difficult begin to a sweep of winless University of the East (UE) was trigger for concern.

“We had been too complacent,” mentioned La Salle interim coach Noel Orcullo, after a 25-20, 25-21, 25-14 victory propelled his squad to its fourth win in as many video games. “That’s what I used to be telling them prior to now sport. When you disrespect your opponent, there’s an opportunity that it’s going to beat you.’’

Adamson was way more dominant in notching its third win in 4 video games for solo second.

Should-win video games

The Lady Falcons hosed down the Tigresses, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19, a end result that was a shock contemplating UST was coming off an exhilarating five-set victory over defending champion Nationwide College (NU) that ended the Woman Bulldogs’ 20-game profitable streak.

However Adamson coach Jerry Yee mentioned his staff’s progress would imply nothing if the Woman Falcons fail to press on in opposition to different contenders—together with a La Salle staff trying prepared to revive an outdated order.

“There are nonetheless must-win video games arising,” Yee mentioned. “If we are able to snatch victories from the perceived high 4 [teams of the tournament], the higher.’’

“We already beat UST, which received over NU. Sadly, we misplaced in opposition to NU, however we could have a cushion going into the second spherical if we beat the opposite contenders akin to La Salle and Ateneo,’’ added Yee, whose Woman Falcons just lately dragged the Woman Bulldogs to a grueling five-setter earlier than yielding.

Adamson has the out there supplies to realize this, given the regular efficiency of Trisha Tubu, Kate Santiago and Rizza Cruz these days, along with Lucille Almonte and Lorence Toring.

“We fastidiously studied our opponents and devised a plan on how we are able to assault effectively,’’ mentioned Santiago, who smashed the UST protection with 11 assaults out of her 13 factors.

Tubu additionally completed with 13 factors, punctuated by a lightning-quick kill on the ultimate set that snuffed the hopes of the Tigresses. Cruz added 12 factors with 4 blocks and Almonte got here up with 10 factors.

“We actually ready for this sport. We had a viewing (of UST’s sport in opposition to NU) and we skilled particular drills for this sport,’’ mentioned Cruz. “We’re pleased with the win, however everyone knows that there’s nonetheless extra room for enchancment.’’

Beefing up file

Thea Gagate was on the forefront of La Salle’s protection on the internet, accumulating 5 of her staff’s complete 15 blocks on the best way to 13 factors.

Gagate highlighted the Woman Spikers’ edge on the internet, nevertheless it was exactly that benefit that Orcullo felt his staff may have pounced on extra.

“I’m not glad as a result of we are able to do extra with our top. As you’ll be able to see from the peak discrepancy, we are able to dominate the entrance line extra. However UE scored extra assaults by 10 factors,” mentioned Orcullo.

UE scored 40 factors on assaults in opposition to La Salle’s 30.

La Salle received six of the 9 titles earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic struck, however misplaced to an ideal NU squad within the finals final season. However, like Adamson, La Salle is just not resting on its present run and is trying to beef up its file to shut out the primary spherical.

“It’s nonetheless a protracted option to go for us. It’s a protracted match so we are able to’t be complacent even when we’re main,” mentioned Orcullo. “Even when we’re on high, we’ve got to maintain on working in follow and enhance each sport. We’ve to shine every thing going into the second spherical.”


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