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