La Salle makes quick work of Ateneo in UAAP women’s volleyball

By: June Navarro1 minute ago

Thea Gagate La Salle Lady Spikers UAAP Season 86 Volleyball

Thea Gagate of La Salle Lady Spikers in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Volleyball Tournament. – UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – La Salle would have none of its publicized epic rivalry with Ateneo after the defending champions dumped their nemesis, 25-12, 25-12, 25-18, as quickly as possible in the UAAP Season 86 women’s match on Sunday night. volleyball tournament.

The Lady Spikers were simply business at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, preferring to dispose of the Blue Eagles quickly in an outright win that further heated up the scenario at the top of the standings.

Thea Gagate bombarded Ateneo with a flurry of goals, scoring 16 points for an attacking efficiency of 71 percent on top of six blocks, while Shevana Laput also thrust herself into the middle with precise strikes.

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With their eleventh win of the season, the Lady Spikers forced a draw with co-leaders National University and University of Santo Tomas after thirteen games.

It will all come to a head on Saturday when La Salle and UST complete the elimination stage following Wednesday’s NU vs. Far Eastern University showdown.

“We played a well-organized match. There were mistakes in the third set, but we were able to recover. Hopefully we can keep up the performance against UST,” said La Salle coach Noel Orcullo.

The two leading teams, including the Lady Spikers, the Tigresses and the Lady Bulldogs, earn a crucial two-game lead in the Final Four after the fourteen-game preliminaries.

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“The (twice-to-beat advantage) will not be given to us. We have to earn it by focusing on every point and staying in the system on Saturday,” Gagate said.

The first two sets looked weak for the Blue Eagles and that hardly changed in the last and final frame, despite a neck-and-neck battle early on.

Laput scored a goal in the back row and Gagate found an empty spot in the middle for an 11-7 La Salle advantage.

The Blue Eagles attempted a comeback with Yssa Nisperos and AC Miner leading the way, but were frustrated by Laput at the net.

Laput successfully fended off Ateneo’s attack twice after an off-the-block attack and the Lady Spikers put themselves in position to take the set again.

Gagate’s block on Nisperos, who overcooked her spike in the ensuing game, brought La Salle closer to match point before Laput’s push into a gaping hole sealed it off for good.

Angel Canino sat out her fifth straight match due to an injured arm. Last year’s rookie MVP hit several spikes during the Lady Spikers’ pre-game warm-up, but was not used.

“The progress of her recovery is good. Hopefully she can return against UST or in the semi-finals,” said Orcollo.

The Blue Eagles suffered their ninth loss in thirteen games and can consolidate a fifth-place finish in their final game of the season against the Adamson Lady Falcons on Wednesday.