La Salle preserved its win streak by vanquishing yet one more foe on Saturday, however coach Noel Orcullo can sense that the Woman Spikers’ unbeaten document continues to be removed from good.
“There are nonetheless many issues that we have to right,” he mentioned. “We proceed to commit lapses and there’s an inclination to loosen up each time we’re forward by a large margin.’’
That tendency to loosen up reared its head within the third set of what had began to look like a routine cruise for La Salle in opposition to harmful Far Jap College (FEU)—it took key factors from Thea Gagate on the internet to lastly shut out the Woman Tamaraws, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21, at PhilSports Area.
“We’ve got to shine our actions going into the final two video games [of the first round]. We’ve got to handle all our shortcomings and discover the weaknesses of our opponents,’’ mentioned Orcullo.
And so they gained’t be extraordinary two video games for La Salle.
After choosing up win No. 5 in as many video games, the Woman Spikers will wind up their first spherical schedule in opposition to Adamson and defending champion Nationwide College (NU).
The Woman Bulldogs have misplaced solely as soon as this season—to College of Santo Tomas (UST)—and simply as soon as, actually, over their final 22 video games within the league. The Woman Falcons, in the meantime, after having dragged NU to a five-setter earlier than shedding, whipped the Tigresses to determine themselves as respectable title threats.
“Adamson is a strong crew and there’s little probability you’ll see them commit errors. It will likely be a troublesome stretch with these formidable groups,’’ Orcullo mentioned.
Gagate and rookie Angel Canino delivered 13 factors every for La Salle, whose array of scorers pounced on Mars Alba’s 19 wonderful units to ship key assaults in opposition to FEU.
“This win elevates our confidence as a crew. Defensive-wise, we improved rather a lot,’’ mentioned Canino.
The Woman Tamaraws made a recreation of it within the third set however Gagate, the 6-foot-2 center blocker, pushed the Woman Spikers to match level earlier than Cherie Tagaod’s try hit the antennae within the remaining play, dropping FEU to a 2-3 (win-loss) card.
La Salle may have an added weapon up its sleeve because it appears to iron out the remaining spots of imperfection in its recreation.
Minor knee damage
Alleiah Malaluan returned from a minor knee damage and is slowly working her method again to La Salle’s rotation, offering the league-leading college with one other assault choice on the exterior hitter’s place.
“I’m nonetheless adjusting contained in the courtroom since I [feel] like [I am] a brand new participant. Although I’ve been coaching with them, I would like to regulate extra since they transfer in a different way,” mentioned Malaluan, who is aware of the significance of getting again into match form as La Salle prepares for its final two video games.
“This match is an effective studying expertise since our subsequent video games will likely be in opposition to high-level groups. It’s a lift to our confidence and on the similar time we can enhance our lapses as a result of we will’t say that our recreation is ideal,” Malaluan mentioned.
Within the second recreation, UST recovered from that loss to Adamson by smashing College of the Philippines, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20.
Eya Laure led the Tigresses’ with 14 factors, whereas Imee Hernandez added 11 factors.
“In our final recreation, we didn’t anticipate that we’d carry out that method. We labored it out throughout coaching and we had been capable of execute them correctly this time,’’ mentioned Hernandez as UST rose to 3-2.
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