The women’s volleyball champion for University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 71 will be known on Sunday after La Salle forced a deciding Game Three.
Jacqueline Alarca and Stephanie Mercado scored 16 and 15 points each as the Lady Archers beat the defending champions Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 17-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-18, Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Game Three of the finals will be played Sunday at 2:00 p.m. also at The Arena.
“Naging less pressured sila. Naka-gain sila ng experience noong Game One kasi most of my players, first time naglaro sa finals. Alam na nila kung paano maglaro sa finals (The players are less pressured. They already gained the experience during Game One since most of my players are first time playing in the finals. Now they know how to play in the finals),” said La Salle coach Ramil De Jesus.
The Lady Archers, who lost a five-setter to the Lady Tams in the opener, worked their way to victory on defense outscoring the Lady Tamaraws, 16-6, on blocks.
La Salle also neutralized Shaira Gonzales, who only had five points in the match.
Rachel Anne Daquis scored 22 points while Mecaila Morada added 19 for the Lady Tamaraws but sputtered after winning the first set.
Cherry May Vivas also contributed 11 points for the Lady Tamaraws.
The Lady Tamaraws had a 14-13 edge but a 4-0 run gave the Lady Archers the advantage to take the third set.
La Salle built a large lead after a 15-3 blast in the fourth including a pair of 6-0 and 7-1 runs in that stretch to enjoy a 20-8 spread.
FEU managed to chip away the deficit with six straight points but La Salle’s advantage was too much to overcome.
Charleen Cruz had 11 points, Manilla Santos had nine and Michelle Datuin had eight markers for the Lady Archers. – GMANews.TV
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From Left: Melissa Gohing (Rookie of the Year), Jacqueline Alarca (Best Blocker) and Manila Santos (Best Receiver)
Green Spikers – 2nd Runner-up in the Men’s Division