La Salle fends off the UST Golden Tigresses, secures twice-to-beat advantage

MANILA — The De La Salle Lady Spikers tamed the gritty UST Golden Tigresses with a three-set victory on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21.

Despite a strong start by the Golden Tigresses in the first set, the Lady Spikers came back to steal the set and never looked back. With tremendous floor defense displayed by ace libero Dawn Macandili, who finished the game with 17 excellent digs and eight excellent receptions, the Golden Tigresses struggled to kill the ball easily amidst being ranked second among all the teams in the spiking department.

The emergence of Desiree Cheng and Tin Tiamzon, who tallied 13 and 11 points, respectively, proved to be crucial for the Lady Spikers, especially when ace spiker Kim Dy went down with a sprained ankle in the third set. Dy scored 12 points before her injury.

With a 10-2 record, the Lady Spikers, who are tied in the standings with the Ateneo Lady Eagles, are now secured with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. On the other hand, the Golden Tigresses fell to a 7-5 record and is right in the midst of a three-way tie at third place with the UP Lady Maroons and the NU Lady Bulldogs.

La Salle will battle with the Adamson Lady Falcons on Saturday, April 1. UST, however, will try to separate themselves from the rest of the pact as they take on the Lady Maroons on Sunday, April 2.