by David Tristan Yumol
The University of the Philippines ended its UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball campaign on a high note, dominating University of the East 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Graduating team captain Angeli Araneta gave her all in her final game donning the Maroon jersey as she scored a game-high 15 points, including 11 spikes. Katherine Bersola also tallied nine points to help the Maroons record their first back-to-back wins since Season 72.
Fresh from their surprise win against FEU last February 9, the Lady Maroons showed their high morale coming into the match. They comfortably dominated the first set with the help of the powerful spikes of Bersola, aces from Araneta, and timely blocks of setter Nicole Tiamzon.
The Lady Warriors put up a scare entering the second set as rookie Shaya Adorador and team skipper Sarina Bulan combined to lead UE to a 6-0 run and pull ahead, 21-20.
But the Diliman-based spikers stood firm and took advantage of two crucial errors by UE to regain the lead, 22-21. With her high momentum rolling, Bersola scored the last two crucial points for UP to nail a four-point win in the second set.
The Lady Maroons dished out their scoring prowess in the third set and dominate it all the way in the end and never gave up the lead to the Lady Warriors.
“I am happy with how we played in our final game of the season today. Even though we’re a bit relaxed in the second set, the team gave their hearts out in winning this game,” said Araneta.
The team captain was also proud of the team’s improvement in this season and shared their secret in motivating them to perform at their best in every game.
“We pray together as a team and give out all our best in practice to show that we can compete with our opponents. As the captain, I am proud that each of us grew in those ways for us to be the best that we can be when we step into the court,” she added
UP finished the season with a 3-11 record while UE ended their season winless in 14 games.