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La Salle stunned Ateneo at the first round of Battle of the Rivals

by Jamaica Marciano

PASAY CITY - DLSU Lady Spikers dominated in their first game after outlasting rival team Ateneo Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17, 25-15 in UAAP Season 82 Women's Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, March 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Playing on her last year, Lady Spiker Tin Tiamzon led the rookie-laden team with 14 attacks, two blocks and an ace. 

Sophomore Jolina Dela Cruz also contributed 13 points that make a way to their victory. 

Rookies Thea Gagate and Leila Cruz shined on their debut game, combining 19 points.

Meanwhile, for the Lady Eagles, blue-chip recruit Faith Nisperos contributed 13 points, with 10 attacks, two blocks and a service ace.

Jhoana Maraguinot, who made a comeback to this season, also helped the Katipunan-based team, scoring nine points.

The DLSU Lady Spikers will try to continue their winning streak as they will face the UP Fighting Maroons on March 10, 4 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena. While the Ateneo Lady Eagles, will try to get back on the winning column as they will face the UE Lady Warriors on March 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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