La Salle outclassed Far Eastern University with a 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, win Sunday at the packed The Arena in San Juan, snaring the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball crown for the first time in three years.

The Lady Archers leaned on team captain Manilla Santos in capturing the team’s fifth title in the league and a first since the 2005-2006 season.

“Maganda ang galaw ng mga players. Relax lang sila kasi kailangan nilang mailabas ang tunay nilang laro,” said De La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus.

Santos, who played her final game as a collegiate player, finished with 16 points including three straight in a pivotal 5-1 finish to dethrone last year’s titlists Lady Tamaraws.

“Sobrang saya ng feeling dahil last year ko na ito at team captain pa ako. Naging malaki ang responsibility ko sa team,” said the 24-year-old Santos.

Santos scored on an attack and was followed by a block off FEU’s Mecaila Morada in the fourth set. She scored again when her tap in front of the net was checked by FEU before going out of bounds for a 24-21 edge.

FEU’s Cherry May Vivas looked to extend the game but her spike sailed wide, giving the Lady Archers the crown.

Jacqueline Alarca contributed a team-high 19 points as Stephanie Mercado chipped in 17 for the Lady Archers. Charleen Cruz had 13 points.

Morada pumped in 18 points as Vivas added 14 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who were foiled to win their 30th title in the league.

Gonzales had 13 points while Rachel Daquis chipped in 11 for the Lady Tamaraws.

The Lady Tamaraws built a 14-7 lead on six straight markers by Daquis and setter April Jose leading to a second set win.

But the Lady Archers bounced back as Mercado scored three straight points on a 5-0 run to take a 20-14 advantage in the third set.

La Salle took a 12-8 advantage in the fourth set but FEU went on to tie the game at 20 on a La Salle net violation before Santos saved the game for the Lady Archers.

La Salle scored on more blocks against FEU, 13-6. –GMANews.TV

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THRILLA MANILLA! – Finals MVP Manilla Santos certainly stood high above everybody in this series

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  • TJ

    “TAMS UP!” to the Lady Archers.

    They must have read the comment made here that FEU deliberately lost Game 2. It surely fired them up. hehehe


    Weeee!!!! I love You Illa! Deserving ka talaga sa MVP! Congrats sa Inyong lahat!

  • Congratulations to the team! They really played great. 🙂

  • chad

    ,,,Congratzzz! you made it. Kudos to the team most specially to Illa, I love U! U deserved to be the MVP. Hope the team will do the same in the next seasons.

  • GSG

    Congratulations! IT was a well deserved win! ANIMO LA SALLE!

  • tunneL

    yehey! congrats…
    sana makita ko kau sa school..

    an1mo lasalle!
    go mike enriquez!

    sana sa nxt season galingan nyo parin!
    i love the sleeveless uniform!

    hi cha…

  • erick

    yahoo!!!!!gleng tlga!!!!sket ng llmunan kp huh lhapon hehe

    pero ok lng para sa lasalle amn weeee khit d ako lasalista

    gleng tlga manilla congrats!!!!lady spikers!!!!love u oll

  • swingman

    Congrats to the Lady Archers! Ang husay!

    On a sadder note, after we just bid JV Casio goodbye earlier this season, now we also have to say goodbye to Illa Santos.

    Those 2, class acts all the way. As “small” as they are for their respective disciplines, they always have the biggest hearts. Their discipline in training makes them some of the best at what they do. It’s going to be a little hard at first not having Illa and JV around. Such huge sources of pride these two are.

    Anyway, I’m so proud of our La Salle student-athletes. Out-sized, but never out-fought. ANIMO!

  • TigerLovesArchers

    Congratulations DLSU Lady Spikers! 🙂 You deserve the championship. From game 1 to the finals, you had your eyes on the trophy. Congrats! Much Love!

  • ala eh la salle

    Congratulations sa mga lady spikers! Kagagaling ninyo! Kami din dito sa dlsl (lipa batangas) ay sumusuporta sa inyo.

    Go Illa! Galing mo talaga especially kahapon!

    Animo La Salle

  • tienn

    mega super saya kse champion ang lady spikers! yehey yipee yahoo! galing galing galing galing! magaling din ang laro ng feu but MAS MAGALING ang lady spikers hehehehe!

    the team deserves the championship trophy and illa deserves the MVP award. happy and sad nga kse t’was illa’s last game na…

    but im sure the heart and the spirit will live on. the juniors will take charge in the next season and definitely everybody in the team will step up.

    congrats! luv u all! u made all lasalistas proud tlaga!

  • tienn

    mega super saya kse champion ang lady spikers! yehey yipee yahoo! galing galing galing galing! magaling din ang laro ng feu but MAS MAGALING ang lady spikers hehehe!

    the team deserves the championship trophy and illa deserves the MVP award. happy and sad nga kse t’was illa’s last game na sa team…

    but im sure the heart and the spirit will live on. the juniors will take charge in the next season and definitely everybody in the team will step up.

    congrats! luv u all! u made all lasalistas proud tlga!

  • ronn

    congratulations to the Lady Spikers most especially to charleen cruz. she will be the next illa santos of the team.

  • ed

    sabi ko sa’yo TAMS UP e, laking pagkakamali na pinatalo pa ng feu game two, haha.. scripted pala ah??! hehe.. go la salle! Feu, malas lang, bawi nlang cgro nxt season.. ( kung mkabawi pa, hehe) Peace tau lahat!..

    Go La Salle! Animo La Salle!

  • gearboxboi

    i love manilla’s reaction. haha kunyari hindi niya alam??? hahahah…

    -a proud lasallian alumni. ANIMO LA SALLE!

  • Dana

    Sana may picture din ng “last stand” ni Illa as an archer/spiker. 🙂

  • summerscent

    galing, galing…

    i know they can make it to the top,

    sa v-league palang, kahit 3rd sila but still they showed

    everyone na kahit wlang g.player eh kaya nla..

    wait, pang-uaap lng ba ang feu, sa v-leauge kasi, khit

    quarters di cla pumapasok… LOL…

  • Siren

    2 “THUMBS UP” for dlsu…ahem,ahem…

  • bastian

    I am from Cebu and was very happy to see you ladies defeating FEU girls…I dont know but i just hate the guts of those girls…they are so unclassy and you made it revealed to the entire viewers when you ladies put them on an intense pressure!

    My congratulations!

  • congratz!..
    finally , nkuh niuh nrin ung crown!..
    all of you deserves it!..


  • ..AnrygEtte..

    ..congratzzz!!!,,galing tlaga LAdy Spikers..You really made it!!
    ………….ANIMO LA SALLE………………….

  • Be_Without_You

    nice Lady Spikers certified RakEnRol astig!!!

    galing mo

    Amino La Salle!!

  • RyeVera

    Ang galing tlga ng LaSalle, kakaaliw c Illa nung umiyak sya ng inanounce na cya ang MVP…cute pa din khit umiiyak

    Steph ang galing mo den!!!

    Michelle, i really like it when you do trash talk with Morada, ang yabang kc nun eh, buti nga sa knya she had a dose of her own medicine

    Jacq & Charleen, ang galing nyo sa blocking, halos wala ng pumasok na spike pag kau ang nasa harap, kung my pumasok man laging outside..hhehehe

    Martinez & Gohing, u juz proved that height is not always might…nakakatuwa kaung tignan sa court

    Next Tournament to Conquer – Shakey’s V League – Go La Salle Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • veejay

    congrats to the hot lady spikers!!

  • veronica annette

    it has been said that the proud shall be humbled…and that was the great lesson that feu players, especially that of daquis and morada learned from this experienced….lady spikers were provoked, and with that they were able to show their killer instinct, especially on that very crucial point of the match….congrats, you deserved to be called the CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jamirkenron23

    congratz DLSU
    sna mgback 2 back kau
    kya nyo yan

    anjan p ung idol ko n sna MERCADO, ALLARCA, CRUZ, at HERNANDEZ

    xempre anjan p ang ROOKIE OF THE YEAR na si MELISSA GOHING


    kh8 wla n kaung 2 mlkas prin ang DLSU

  • Erica

    Yehey!!! Galing nyo tlga LADY SPIKERS. . akalain nyong napaiyak nyo ang ace player ng FEU> . well, well, well, ang gling mo Illa.

  • dethyeth.2325

    congrats….dela salle late na late man pagbati nmin d2 cavite e nahabol padin db?bonggang2 ylla bumanat ng dying pts nlang kelangan,buti nga morada nkaharap mo sidatuin npaka hangin nyo kc ni daquis.godbless dlsu,we love you

  • jeirolfe

    congrats sa la salle!!!im just an avid fan from naga city, bicol of illa and michelle….

  • rei

    in ur face daquis…im so happy a humble team won. at least matitigil na ang kayabangan niyang si daquis. at sa last year niya, natalo siya…

    m soooo happy for dlsu. kau the best this yr and u just proved it.

  • RyeVera

    tama ka jan rei…sana nxt year dlsu ule manalo para ndi na rin makapgyabang c morada…hahahah

    Is it true that shaira gonzales almost played for DLSU volleyball team? how come?!

  • pau

    Congrats DLSU, Im from cebu city, avid fan ako ng dlsu, panahon pa ni Michelle Carolino, hanggang ngayon, kasi puro sla ma.humble..kaya kudos sa inyo…May tanong po ako…C Shaira Gonzales ba ay taga DLSU, kasi marami ako nakitang pics, nila shaira, mercado at alarca, at saka noon nanalo dlsu, pumasok sya sa room ng dlsu…hehhehe….:)

  • JiT

    congrats lasalle team… ang galing nyu….
    congrats Charleen Cruz…ang galing mo..
    i luv u…cute mo


  • loydi16

    to:RyeVera “QUESTION LNG PO?!
    Is it true that shaira gonzales almost played for DLSU volleyball team? how come?!

    SHAIRA is considered a member of LASALLIAN volleyball family. She trained with the lady spikers right after she finished high school for over a year.She is considered a SISTER by our volley belles, Precisely because they are the best of friends, they give their best against each other every time they meet.

  • spigou

    Yes Shaira almost made it to the DLSU team but she was not able to hurdle the entrance test. Sayang.

  • jhonafe eusebio

    sana makita at mapanood ko kayo personally…lahat kayo super humble,kahit na sobrang galing ninyo.not like morada,huh!please …sana kahit picture ninyo na lang in my signature ninyo…ALARCA,MERCADO,CRUZ,SANTOS,DATUIN,GOHING,HERNANDEZ…GRABE nakakaiyak sa sobrang galing ninyo…email add ninyo naman pls…

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  • jhonafe eusebio

    kahit replay ng mga game nyo inaabangan ko ulit like yesterday game..that u won against adamson

  • jhonafe eusebio

    agree ako s email n Jit ang cucute nyo…super…super super….GALING AND HUMBLE.Godbless again in your next league..aabangan ko un.

  • ian balbido

    i’ve watched all the games of dlsu lady spikers and i have see them played very very well compared to last season. i adore and love them so much that is why i am very happy for their win. they deserve it actually. even though my school is their greatest arch rival in basketball, that doesn’t stop me from being a fan of the green archers. animo la salle! as the hymm goes “hail to thee our alma matter, hail! hail! hail!.” i’m from ateneo by the way but i love la salle.

  • RyeVera

    to: loydi16 & spigou

    Thank you for the info…
    Pero sayang noh,shaira would have been a valuable addition to the team =)

  • leslie

    hi… congrats to the lady spikers. you really deserve to be a champion team.. ANIMO LA SALLE!!!

  • rej

    i love illa santos…my dream is to meet you personally…i wish theres a professional league for volleyball girls…

  • suizuri

    MANILLA SANTOS iloveyou!!!!!

    if merong genie na mahihingan ko ng wish gusto ko ma-meet kita personally. pasyal ka naman sa cebu sometime, announce it beforehand para ma-abangan kita; hihingi ako sa ‘yo ng autograph… at kiss (joke. hehe).

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    yipee cha cruz galing utility the best…si celine di na tlaga laro nxt season sorry sa mga fans nya=(

  • Ha?bkit di na loro c celine.
    Isa sya sa mga maga2ling sa team.
    Pro i want to congrats ol The LADY SPIKERS
    who did there job to end
    and win the game.
    ma mimis ko kayong laht
    most esp. c manilla santos
    i really lyk her
    everytime she play
    galing2 at anf lakas2 nya tlga.
    i really aprc8 the way she
    spike talbog ang kalban nya.
    kaht maata2ngkad pa ito.
    super galing nya.
    ang olso datuin, mercado, cruz, gohing, alarca
    hernandez, u did ur job so well.
    sana laro ulit kayong mag kasama
    ma mimis ko kayo talga.