The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons survived the pesky University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors in 5 sets, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, at the start of the UAAP Season 81 volleyball tournament on Saturday, February 16, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
In the first set, UP dominated the game with 13 attacks, mostly from Justine Dorog and Isa Molde! Both teams had strong blocking with three a piece. The Lady Maroons also targeted the Lady Warriors’ reception, scoring three aces. A high quality set, UP only committed four errors, UE with six.
The second set saw the fall of the UP Lady Maroons after committing 14 errors. Reception was also at fault in this second set downfall for UP. UE switched not only their defense but also their offense, scoring 10 spikes and an ace.
Set 3 saw UP leading up to six before falling prey into a string of errors! Mai Sotomil entered the game for Estranero, showing several middle attacks and runners for UP, but UE got aggressive in their attacks and won the set!
Set 4 was when UP found a way to counter UE’s middle quicks and good receive. The Lady Maroons avoided Arado in most of their serves. They lessened their erros, became active in blocking with the addition of Jessma Ramos. For UE, Judith Abil continued the scoring.
On the fifth set, clutch plays for Dorog, Molde, Bernardo and Carlos with Ayel Estranero’s setting prowess lifted UP. Ramos’ smart placement off Sel Baliton’s hands gave the win to the UP Lady Maroons.
UP Lady Maroons
The Lady Maroons need consistency and sense of urgency. They tend to get overconfident when ahead and rattled when trailing. Mental toughness needs improvement although it is already a huge improvement from their previous stints when they just continue to spiral downwards.
Blocking needs attention. None of the middle blockers were able to produce sufficient blocks, especially with the middle hits. Continue strong service game in other tough teams. If they were able to snatch a couple of aces from Arado, they certainly can use that advantage to teams with less reception efficiency.
Tots Carlos needs to lessen errors while Isa Molde needs to be more creative. Ayel Estranero should enhance her sets, improve chemistry with the players. While there were a lot of excellent sets, her sets should also help improve her spikers’ efficiency. All in all, a good outing. Best player of the game should be Isa Molde.
NEXT GAME: FEU. Service should be stronger than today’s match. They should do well given FEU’s faulty reception, but their defense needs to be on point as FEU currently has the most efficient hitters in the league.
UE Lady Warriors
This team is the perfect example of a defensive team. Solid blockers with good offense. Probably the best diggers of the league. Reception is on point.
Kath Arado is definitely a gem and has been the anchor of the team for years. It’s time for the setter Bendong to be more creative and risky with her sets. Opposites Olarve and Alcayde were underutilized, as she tends to be wing-centric. Ample middle attacks given specially to Rodriguez. Her middle sets in Set 3 definitely gave them the advantage. Clavano activates middles well, but only Abil-centric during her stint.
And for wingers Judith Abil and especially Mary Anne Mendrez, it’s time for them to lead the team with how they play – lessen errors, increase spiking efficiency.
NEXT GAME: NU. Against NU, the team needs to remain persistent in blocking and floor defense. Robles is a strong server so reception should also be a key part. Most of the players are newbies so UE needs to respond and adjust within game for lack of familiarity of their game. With just a proxy setter, UE’s Bendong needs to take advantage of her expertise and maturity. It may be the first time in years that UE will win vs NU.
|February 16, 2019||2:00 pm||UAAP Women's Volleyball||2019 (Season 81)|
|UE Lady Warriors||12||25||25||19||12||2|
|UP Lady Maroons||25||22||23||25||15||3|
UE Lady Warriors
|1||Judith Abil||Outside Hitter||20||5||17||67||2||15||1||14||0||7||18||36||19||42|
|2||Lhara Maye Calavano||Setter||0||5||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||7||0||0||0||0|
|3||Mariella Gabarda||Middle Blocker||2||5||2||8||0||2||0||2||0||0||1||2||0||0|
|4||Mary Ann Mendrez||Outside Hitter||8||5||8||52||0||19||0||7||0||3||18||33||6||20|
|7||Seth Marione Rodriguez||Middle Blocker||7||5||5||18||1||8||1||18||0||0||1||5||0||0|
|8||Zilfa Geline Olarve||Opposite Hitter||4||5||3||22||0||8||1||7||0||0||4||15||0||1|
|9||Jana Katrina Sta. Maria||Outside Hitter||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||Roselle Baliton||Middle Blocker||5||5||3||18||0||12||2||18||0||2||4||11||0||0|
|14||Laizah Ann Bendong||Setter||3||5||1||8||1||18||1||3||34||140||10||28||0||1|
|15||Jasmine Gayle Alcayde||Opposite Hitter||2||5||1||10||0||3||1||2||0||2||4||14||0||0|
|17||Ramcel Joyce Santos||Middle Blocker||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Mialyn Manabat||Defensive Specialist||0||5||0||2||0||8||0||0||0||0||2||6||0||2|
|19||Jasckin May Babol||Libero||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
UP Lady Maroons
|2||Lorie Lyn Bernardo||Middle Blocker||5||5||3||19||1||9||1||15||0||5||0||3||0||0|
|3||Maristela Genn Layug||Middle Blocker||9||5||5||16||2||16||2||14||0||0||2||4||0||0|
|7||Caryl Sandoval||Outside Hitter||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|9||Jessma Clarice Ramos||Middle Blocker||4||5||4||11||0||4||0||7||0||0||2||3||0||0|
|10||Maria Lina Isabel Molde||Outside Hitter||23||5||19||61||2||26||2||15||3||10||18||40||9||22|
|11||Marian Alisa Buitre||Opposite Hitter||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Justine Dorog||Outside Hitter||12||5||12||33||0||13||0||1||0||3||18||28||7||14|
|14||Aeishalaine Gannaban||Middle Blocker||3||5||3||7||0||2||0||3||1||1||1||2||0||0|
|15||Mary Mirgie Bautista||Libero||0||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||5||5||9||2||7|
|17||Ma. Arielle Estranero||Setter||2||5||0||3||2||25||0||10||44||139||12||34||0||0|
|18||Dianna Mae Carlos||Opposite Hitter||17||5||15||65||1||13||1||17||0||7||16||42||11||27|
|19||Roselyn Rosier||Outside Hitter||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|