Greenstincts: Lady Spikers back as Queens of UAAP volleyball

The only thing really missing from yesterday’s championship celebrations was Queen’s We Are The Champions song blasting through the coliseum speakers. After two years of heartbreak and misery, the UAAP women’s volleyball title finally comes back to De La Salle University as the Lady Spikers wrapped up Season 78 with a 19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16 victory. La Salle’s UAAP title...

Greenstincts: Waiting for the Lady Spikers’ knockout punch

When the DLSU Lady Spikers clawed back from a 20-24 deficit in the second set to tie the score at 24-all and eventually win 28-26, I was 99.99% sure that La Salle would wrap up the third set and secure UAAP women’s volleyball title number nine. It turns out that the two-time defending champion Ateneo Lady Eagles only needed...

Greenstincts: Quiet Lady Spikers let their play do the talking

Defying DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus’ assessment, it turns out that the “underdog” Lady Spikers only needed three days to fully prepare for the two-time defending champions Ateneo Lady Eagles. The 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 Game 1 win was a testament to the resiliency of La Salle as well as their relentlessness on defense, pushing the team one step...

Greenstincts: Lady Spikers grab Lady Tamaraws by the horns

The dust had not yet settled at the Mall of Asia Arena when I heard familiar chants of “Beat Ateneo! Animo La Salle!” After a nightmarish five-set upset during Game 1 last Sunday, the DLSU Lady Spikers finally put the FEU Lady Tamaraws in their rearview mirrors with an inspired, focused, and efficient 25-15, 27-25, 25-21 straight-sets win yesterday. The...

Greenstincts: It’s déjà vu for the Lady Spikers

Sunday’s 25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 14-16 Final Four loss to FEU left several DLSU Lady Spikers in tears; wasting several chances to punch its ticket to the championship round against Ateneo, while giving up a lot of free points to their lower seeded rivals as the Lady Tamaraws forced a rubber-match scheduled on Wednesday. After racing to a comfortable 2...

Greenstincts: For the Lady Spikers, there are no moral victories

In the field of economics and decision theory, the concept of loss aversion states that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains or wins. In the context of the UAAP and women’s volleyball, the gravity and resulting misery of Sunday’s five-set loss at the Mall of Asia Arena feels much, much heavier than the sweet euphoria of victory...

Lady Spikers move Cyd Demecillo to Libero for the rest of the season

The De La Salle Lady Spikers make a sudden change in their rotation as the coaching staff confirmed this week that veteran Cyd Demecillo will be moving to the Libero position until the end of the tournament. She replaces rookie CJ Saga who will now play as a Setter. Speculation of the change emerged in their last game against Adamson wherein Demecillo...

Greenstincts: What we’ve learned from the Lady Spikers’ win versus UP

Early in the season, I had a notion that the UP Lady Maroons, with their fantastic, do-everything rookies and sophomores, solid coaching, and renewed winning culture, could be a dangerous team in one to two years. The first set of yesterday’s second round meeting of DLSU and UP could have been a preview of the future of the UAAP...

Greenstincts: The art of revenge, Lady Spikers style

Like a cheesy, romantic-comedy film, the DLSU Lady Spikers only needed a second chance to bounce back from their first round defeat to the UST Tigresses. Matching an eye for an eye, La Salle’s 21-25, 22-25, 21-25 setback in the first round provided much needed motivation for the Lady Spikers to display their A-game and win in convincing fashion,...

Greenstincts: Lady Spikers are still a work in progress

What a difference four days make. After last Saturday’s confidence-building straight sets win over the two-time defending champions Ateneo Lady Eagles, comes yesterday’s head-scratching three-set 21-25, 22-25, 21-25 loss to a very game and inspired UST six. The team was at times unfocused, overconfident, and had hangovers after beating the Lady Eagles; what was apparent during the closing moments...