By Ricky Manliguis
SAN JUAN—Sweet revenge indeed.
Defending champions La Salle shrugged off a shaky start to beat University of the Philippines in straight sets, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17, in the main match of Sunday’s UAAP LXXIX women’s volleyball action at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Taft-based squad started out flat, but waxed hot in the next two frames behind reigning Best Blocker Majoy Baron and Kim Dy to finally avenge its shocking first-round setback at the hands of its Katipunan-based counterparts and stay on course to a Final Four slot with an 8-2 win-loss mark .
Baron continued her sterling performance this season as the fourth-year middle blocker finished with a game-best 16 points anchored on seven attacks, three blocks, and had a hand on six of her team’s 11 service aces.
Dy, Ernestine Tiamzon, and Desiree Cheng each scored 11 markers for DLSU, which also dominated the blocks department 9-2.
UP slid down to an even 5-5 card with the loss, tying idle Far Eastern University. Isa Molde scored all but one of her 12 points on the attacking end, while fellow sophomore Diana Carlos chipped in 11.