Ramil De Jesus and his De La Salle Lady Spikers are headed to their ninth straight UAAP volleyball finals, however they first had to get by way of University of Santo Tomas.
Though it ended in only one recreation with the Lady Spikers taking a four-set win, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, De Jesus mentioned he was “lucky” to have survived the Golden Tigresses.
“That team’s no joke, especially if you compare them to what they were a year ago,” mentioned De Jesus Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “UST improved by a lot. Actually it’s one those teams that I’m really scared of, and we were lucky to get past them.”
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UST was a lowly 5-9 staff in Season 78 however the Golden Tigresses roared to the inverse of that determine and completed the season behind La Salle because the third seeds.
De Jesus mentioned the one factor stopping UST from reaching the subsequent degree in the UAAP is the staff’s lack of publicity in large conditions.
The graduating Pam Lastimosa is the lone Golden Tigress who has skilled a Final Four, with the remainder stepping into the grand ball for simply the primary time in their collegiate careers.
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“I think they need more exposure,” mentioned De Jesus. “What’s scary about UST, even if they don’t receive the ball well, they have those two outside hitters who will score no matter what.”
De Jesus identified the duo of EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina who averaged virtually a mixed 50 factors a recreation in the course of the eliminations.
“When other teams fail to execute a proper receive, they have a hard time scoring because they don’t have outside hitters with the caliber of those two.”
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