Quick Hit - FEU, Southwestern U go extra mile for first wins
MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern University and Southwestern University both had to go the extra distance before eclipsing separate foes on Tuesday, March 25 in the 11th Shakey's V-League first conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 21-25, 19-17
The Best: The Lady Cobras' defense worked well yesterday, playing way better than the Lady Navigators. They scored more blocks (16-9) while receiving at a much better rate (digs: 29/250 to 20/260; reception: 28/94 to 16/104). Apparently, their blocks late in the final set and St. Louis' poor reception spelled the difference.
The Worst: Krissian Tsu Chiya did score 26 points on 22 spikes, most coming during a late attempt to steal the match; however she failed to draw ample help from the rest of the Baguio-based spikers. The rest only managed to put up 25 attack points as St. Louis were not able to open their maiden V-League campaign on a bright note.
Woman in the middle: Middle spiker Marilyn Llagoso towered in this match, showing her presence all game long. The Lady Cobra scored 19 points plus 8 blocks, half of the team's total output. She kept SWU alive when they were down 12-14 in the deciding set to help the Lady Cobras book their first win.
FEU 3-0 San Sebastian 1
25-21, 20-25, 25-11, 25-20
The Best: Bernadette Pons is already showing she can be a volleyball superstar in the future, scoring 21 points on off speed, backrow attacks, and powerful kills. She is clearly the cornerstone of FEU now and their campaign will go as far as where Pons will take them.
The Worst: San Sebastian's 34 ERRORS. In the first set particularly, they committed 16 miscues which negated their good start in the first set.
No Sy, No Problem: Setter Yna Papa dished out 30 excellent sets in the match, proving that the Lady Tamaraws are still dangerous even without their captain and setter Gyselle Sy. Papa went mostly to Bernadette Pons, Samantha Dawson, and guest player Toni Rose Basas to fuel the Morayta squad's offense. - Rappler.com