By Ricky Manliguis
SAN JUAN — Kim Dy is back to her senses.
Starting flat in the first two frames, Dy came out smoking the final two to give La Salle a share of the leadership with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-14, 25-22 win over University of Santo Tomas in the second game of Saturday action of the UAAP LXXIX women’s volleyball competitions at the FilOIl-Flying V Centre.
Coming off a quiet 10 points in DLSU’s opening win over FEU on Sunday, Dy bucked a lackluster start by pumping all but four of her 16 points in the third and fourth frames for the defending champion’s second triumph in as many, keeping at step with National U and UP in the standings.
After breaking a 1-1 deadlock in the third frame, the girls of coach Ramil De Jesus turned to Dy in a 14-2 scoring salvo in the fourth, only for the Tigresses to stage an uprising to trim the deficit to 14-18.
EJ Laure committed a service miscue on the other end that killed the run, but Chloe Cortez scored in the next play to keep the girls of España fighting 20-22. But Dy and Desiree Cheng then finished off UST’s hopes with two unanswered points en route to victory.
Last season's Finals MVP Dy finished with 11 attacks and five blocks, while Ernestine Tiamzon and Majoy Baron contributed with 14 and 10 markers, respectively.
Team captain Kim Fajardo provided 36 excellent sets for La Salle, which tallied 11 blocks in the match.
UST, outscored the Lady Spikers 54-39, but committed 32 unforced errors. Skipper Cherry Rondina and Laure finished with 13 points each, while Mary Dominique Pacres and Ria Meneses each had 10.