After successive losses in six games at the hands of Ateneo, DLSU snaps back ferociously to reclaim the women's volleyball championship. In an exciting finals match, DLSU dominates ADMU with a 3-1 score, dethroning current champions ADMU in a 19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16 4-match.
La Salle drew first blood in the first game of this trilogy, and as they entered Game 2 they were looking to end it then and there. But Ateneo, at least for that game, had other plans. ADMU Lady Eagles star player Alyssa Valdez dominated the second game that sent DLSU scampering. Ateneo bought time for a third game last night, hoping to end DLSU's streak with a stunning finish.
Things went well for Ateneo during the start, demoralizing DLSU with a 6 point advantage finishing the set at 19-25. But DLSU refuses to give up, and they come streaking back in the second set finishing a close 25-21 score against the blue school. When the third set came, Ateneo was slowing down. Despite having Alyssa Valdez in their side, the Lady Eagles couldn't keep up with a well coordinated Lady Spiker combination. Arrows from the green team connected even more in the third set, frustrating Ateneo. Not letting their defense unguarded, DLSU kept a sturdy defensive blocking, further distancing themselves from Ateneo in scores as the set progressed.
In the final set, with hearts pumping, crowd cheering, sweat dripping, the Lady Spikers sought to end the set in their favor. The Taft team had momentum on their side, as they maintained the same performance in the third set, blocking Ateneo's spikes while scoring spikes of their own. When DLSU reached 23, while Ateneo was still far behind in the 1's, the crowd's cheering was so loud. People jumped in excitement, knowing they were seeing a match for the ages. For the green team, however, it was a match that would finally dethrone Ateneo after holding the crown for two years. The DLSU-ADMU rivalry is alive and kicking even today. And then, it was over. The Lady Spikers won the set, a dominating 25-16 just like the third set.
DLSU Lady Spikers Mika Reyes, Ara Galang, and Cyd Demecillio were ecstatic and teary eyed when they won their championship. These three are playing their last game for the Lady Spikers, and they're ending their college careers as champions.
Kim Dy was named the Finals MVP, racking up 17 points and 16 attacks.
While the same cannot be said for Ateneo, Alyssa Valdez, three time MVP, thanked her fans and was sorry they could not bring back the crown. Teary eyed, ending her college career without holding onto the championship, she remained a sport. She was immediately consoled by her former teammate back in UST highschool, Kim Fajardo, moments after losing the crown.