MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons cruised to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-13 sweep of sister team Polytechnic University of the Philippines Lady Radicals in the Shakey's V-League 12 Collegiate Conference on Saturday, July 18 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Maroons bagged their first victory in the tournament after dropping their opening game against National University in Group A.
UP's rookies shone brightly with outside hitter Maria Lina Molde topscoring with 15 points on 13 spikes and two aces, while Justine Dorog, another rookie hitter, added 10 points and 4 service aces.
"Yung puwesto sa spike, yung first ball din and yung palo (Our positions when spiking, as well as our first ball and hits)," the 5-foot-6 Molde out of Hope Christian High Shool shared what the team needs to work on moving forward.
Of all 14 Lady Maroons, only rookie team captain Jewel Lai apart from the liberos failed to make it to the scoreboard. The rest of the predominantly rookie squad had at least two points to their names.
Diana Carlos and Maristela Layug chipped in 9 and 6 points, respectively, for the UP squad that finished 6th in Season 77 of the UAAP with a 5-9 record.
No player from the Lady Radicals reached double digits as Syra Jane Romo posted 9 points anchored on 7 kills, a rejection and an ace.
Guest player Fritz Joy Gallenero had 7 points that included 3 from the service deck on top of 6 excellent digs.
UP's next assignment is against University of Batangas on Sunday, July 26 while PUP will take on Far Eastern University on Saturday, July 25. – Rappler.com