Postgame Analysis: The Review of University of the Philippines Women’s Volleyball Tournament for Season 79
University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons against De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers
UP is a young team composed of Estranero (setter) a Molde (spiker), Bersola (middle blocker), Carlos (spiker), Buitre (middle blocker, spiker), Tiamzon (spiker) and Dorog (spiker converted to libero) majority of the starting line-up were not as experienced as compared to the other teams like DLSU. During the Season 78, UP squad were the dark horse that shocked the public for the great potential found in rookie players in the likes of Isa Molde and Diana Carlos. This promising team is headed by Estranero who is currently the setter of the team and Jerry Yee who is the team’s coach.
UP Lady Maroons went against the defending champion DLSU Lady Spikers with the starting line ups: Fajardo (setter), Baron (middle blocker), Dy (spiker), Cheng (spiker), Ogunsanya (middle blocker and returning player), Tiamson (spiker) and Macandili (libero).
Breaking down the set 1 of DLSU vs. UP
Set 1 Highlights of the game
In the first point of the set, the Lady Maroons came up with a combination play placing the quick attack in the center where Bersola faked and Tiamzon for the kill. UP gained 4 in the first few munite of the game while 1 point was given to DLSU in an attack error made by UP. Powerful serve was evident in the service of Bersola but that doesn’t stop the Lady Spikers as Baron stopped the bleeding with a quick play. Ogunsansya is contributing to the DLSU team through offensive blocks while UP has Bersola to guard the net. UP got the first technical timeout with 8-4.
During the first half of the game, UP just played the basics and hit powerful spikes even in their service and its too much for La Salle to handle as they can’t get a good first ball for the Fajardo to set making the team to commit errors.
Buitre is also making her presence felt after a few service aces. Tiamzon is playing smart volleyball by having off the block points. Estranero has good reflexes and reaction to the ball. One thing that contributes to UP pulling away from DLSU is the service errors committed by DLSU everytime the momentum shift to their side which is an easy point for the UP. Aside from that, the fact that when long rallies are being made by both teams DLSU tend to break easily by committing unforced errors. UP has also their fair share of unforced errors despite leading with 6 points, they gave away few and easy points for DLSU to came back and the coaching staff didn’t like that. As UP, you have to control your errors and don’t let the DLSU build their confidence and momentum because when they does they can really come back big. As DLSU, you don’t want to rely on the errors made by the opposing team and start working on the offence as well as limiting unforced errors as much as possible.
The floor defense of both teams were good but DLSU seems to be unorganized and empty spaces were so much for a person to cover whenever long rally arises while UP on the other hand is a bit organized in term of their positions. The UP setter uses variations in terms of ball distribution and straightforward giving of the ball but you can see a raw potential in her. Fajardo is doing all things including spikes and blocks for her team aside from setting the ball which is bit tough because of their first ball problems. Ernestine Tiamzon of DLSU is backing up Kim Dy in closing in the gap scored by UP. But UP team is still maintaining the 3 point advantage until the end with a block point to close the set 25-22.
Stay tuned for set 2 and 3.