By: Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Playing against the opponent’s home turf and own crowd, the University of Saint La Salle Stingers cruised through the University of San Agustin squad unfazed, taking them down in four tough sets, 27-25, 22-25, 25-29, 25-17.
San Agustin hit from all cylinders in the opening minutes of the first set, executing their set plays in well-timed fashion that caught the USLS defense dumbfounded as to where the ball was going.
Leading 20-18, USA seemed to take over momentum with their spike plays connecting all the time.
USLS then called a timeout and made crucial substitutions, sending in more athletic blockers and shifted their libero. The move proved to be efficient as they snatched the lead and the first set, 27-25.
Playing in their home court, the USA squad fed off from their fans and equalized the game to 1 set all, off USA’s tremendous drop balls and reads.
The next two sets happened in a blink of an eye as USLS switch on their turbo button and hit the ball relentlessly and punished USA throughout the game.
With USLS’ momentum shooting higher, the USA squad began to melt-down and give the game away.