De La Salle University Lady Spikers recovered from 2 sets down to beat Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles and win the thrilling Game 1 in 5 sets of UAAP Season 75 Women’s Volleyball Finals on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The come-from-behind win by La Salle seemed improbable as they struggled with tons of unforced errors in the first two sets. Set 3 had its share of error from Taft-based squad but they had 21 attacks to compensate for it and stay alive.
Then the Katipunan-based team started to feel the pressure in the 4th set, then finally crumbling at the end of the set as they were caught with seven players on the floor. The error gave Lady Spikers the crucial edge which eventually resulted to a tie game at 2 sets apiece.
The final set was all La Salle as they raced to 13-6 lead with great defense and superior attacks, with Michele Gumabao completing the comeback with a kill for the match point.
Ara Galang led La Salle with 17 points but Gumabao was the best player with 15 points. Alyssa Valdez had 17 points in a losing effort for Ateneo, and Fille Cainglet added 14.
Set Scores: 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6
Replay of Game 1 of Ateneo vs La Salle Finals in UAAP 75 Women’s Volleyball will be aired tonight at 8:30 p.m. on BALLS SkyCable Ch 34/ Destiny Cable Ch 36. Game 2 will be on Wednesday at 4pm live in MOA arena.