The UP Lady Fighting Maroons survived the fiery UE Lady Warriors to go 1-0 in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam today.
The first set of the first game of the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam was tightly contested, with both teams taking turns with the lead early in the match.
UE, however, found their footing mid-set as they took the wheel for good.
At one point, UP found itself down by 4 points. Attacks by Nicole Magsarile helped inch the team closer to the Lady Warriors before Tots Carlos took over to tie the game at 18.
Magsarile and Carlos continued their great play, but the Warriors had momentum on their side to score the first set win, 22-25.
The second unit brought in a different kind of energy as UP torched past its opponents to take an early lead.
The Lady Fighting Maroons led by as much as 9 points, following impressive plays from Ayel Estrañero and Justine Dorog who had 5 and 6 points respectively.
UE had 12 unforced errors, while UP had 5 service aces in the second. They ended the set, 25-16, to tie the game at one set apiece.
Carlos’ impressive comeback performance continued in the third as they tried to shake off the Recto-based squad.
After sitting out for six months, the UP captain produced 17 points with 11 spikes and 5 blocks.
Almost like a repeat of the first set, UE took over in the middle of the third yet again. This time, it was Ayi Gannaban who broke the streak to tie the set at 19-all. An Estrañero drop ball sealed the set, 25-22.
It was an overall team effort in the fourth set as UP survived a rally by their opponents to seal their first victory in the tournament, 31-29.
Jessma Ramos had an impressive outing with 10 points, while Gannaban added 8.
The win cements a good start for the UP Lady Fighting Maroons who looks to continue its winning ways in the PSL.
The UPWVT will be facing Colegio San Agustin on Saturday (Nov. 10), 2pm at Alonte Sports Center.