University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle have each confirmed to be totally able to profitable titles, in addition to the 2 colleges personal a mixed 24 UAAP volleyball championships.
Before the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Spikers get to the finals they each have to get rid of one among one another first within the Final Four.
As the league’s second seeds, La Salle owns a twice-to-beat benefit over the third-seeded UST however the Golden Tigresses are hell-bent on retrieving a misplaced glory.
UST’s 15 titles places it because the second-winningest group in UAAP girls’s volleyball historical past behind Far Eastern University, which has 29, however La Salle is just not far behind with 9, good for third place of the championship ladder.
La Salle, although, is the newest winner of the massive trophy having gained the title in Season 78 whereas UST has failed to enter the Final Four since Season 74.
As intangible as it might be, the feeling of profitable the title is what all of the groups within the league aspire for.
“We won’t settle for less, everyone wants to be a champion and we’re part of that,” stated UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “We’ll dream big.”
If there’s ever an iconic matchup within the sequence between UST and La Salle, it has to be the center blockers.
Ria Meneses and Mary Joy Baron are the premier center blockers within the league having earned the Best Blocker distinction in Season 77 and 78, respectively.
“Ria is one of the best blockers in the league and that distinction is on her shoulders,” stated Reyes. “Baron is also one of the best, and they will have to duke it out in the semis.”
Team-wise, nonetheless, La Salle has the higher hand when it comes to blocking with the Lady Spikers averaging a league-best 2.33 kill blocks per set whereas UST sits at seventh with a 1.48 common.
Avoiding the concern of Fajardo
Kim Fajardo, arguably, is the best setter of her technology and if there’s ever a playmaker that may damage a group in so some ways it has to be her.
This is Fajardo’s final hoorah within the UAAP and Reyes is effectively conscious of the capability of the long-lasting setter.
“Once we start getting afraid of Kim, we’re screwed,” stated Reyes. “So we shouldn’t fear her, she may have the advantage in height, of course experience, probably decision-making, but everything will depend on the first ball.”
Fajardo, outdoors of University of the East’s Roselle Baliton, is the tallest setter within the league standing a cool 5’eight” and that peak makes her a menace, not solely in playmaking, however within the web as effectively.
On the flanks
There’s no denying that UST has debatable probably the most potent scoring duo within the league in Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure.
Both common nearly 24 factors a recreation, however that manufacturing signifies that the 2 are liable for greater than half of UST’s offense.
La Salle, although, doesn’t personal any 20-point scorers nevertheless it has a number of gamers who consistently produce within the 10-point area.
Kim Kianna Dy is the group’s highest scorer with a 13.5 common, a far-cry from the Thomasian duo’s manufacturing.
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