MANILA — The Smart Araneta Coliseum erupted on Saturday night as the confetti started to fall for back to back champions DLSU Lady Spikers.
La Salle was pushed to the edge by their collegiate rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 79 Finals. However, the hears of the champions prevailed after five gruelling sets, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10.
On her final tour of duty, team skipper Kim Fajardo led the young Taft squad with six points and 43 excellent sets, including some lethal attacks when she switched to the spiker position in certain parts of the game.
“Happy. (I’m) very happy right now,” says La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus.
The brilliant tactician shared that their sweep against the Lady Eagles boiled down to adjustments.
“Buong eliminations, nire-review namin yung games. Nakikita namin yung difference, yung advantage and disadvantage hung team. Doon kami nag-focus kung saan kami medyo dehado.”
The 10-time champion coach of La Salle added, “Nag-concentrate kami sa training. In-explain ko rin sa mga players kung ano yung dapat gawin.”
He surely wasn’t disappointed as several of his players stepped up for the Lady Spikers amidst the gallant stand put up by Ateneo.
“Sabi ko sakanila tatapusin natin ngayon. Maniwala lang kayo na tatapusin natin ngayon,” revealed the soft-spoken mentor.
Come-backing player Des Cheng won the Finals MVP plum, and ended the season with a triple-double. She tallied 12 points, 12 excellent digs, and 13 excellent receptions.
“Hindi ko naman ine-expect na maging Finals MVP. Ang hangad ko talaga is yung big trophy, yung championship talaga.”
Last year’s Finals MVP Kianna Dy also had a strong performance with 19 points, while Season 79 MVP Majoy Baron recorded 10 markers for the Lady Spikers.