UP sweeps elims, secures quartefinals spot in Unigames 2018

The UP Lady Fighting Maroons have swept the elimination round to enter the quarterfinals of the 2018 University Games in Dumaguete City.

The UPWVT have shown nothing but dominance in the ongoing national tournament in the City of Gentle People. They remained spotless in three outings to move forward to the quarterfinals as the top-seeded team in their bracket.

UP had first game jitters as they faced the hungry University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Day 1 of the tournament. Following an early flight the day before, the ladies found themselves in a tightly fought match against the Central Visayas team.

While the first set ended in a lopsided victory, sets two and three saw UNO-R clawing their way to keep UP from sweeping the match. But their efforts fell short as the Maroons kept their opponents at bay, finishing the match with a W — 25-16, 25-21, and 25-20.

The Diliman-squad had better rhythm in their next game going up against University of Mindanao-Davao.

UM-D had little chance from the get go, with UP overpowering its opponent to bag a straight set-win. The Lady Fighting Maroons ended Day 2 with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 win and a 2-0 slate.

After a much-needed rest day, which the team used for training and a bit of fun, the ladies returned to the court on the last day of eliminations to face their fiercest opponent yet — the De La Salle College of St Benilde.

Headed by former UPWT Head Coach Jerry Yee, the match was very heated with CSB giving UP a tough time throughout the five-set game.

Benilde drew first blood, bagging set one, 25-23. UP answered back with a 25-21 win in the second canto.

CSB gave the rookie-laden roster of UP a scare when it scored another set, going up 2-1 with a 25-19 beating. UP never looked back since.

The ladies made easy work of Benilde in set four, 25-16, before capping the day with a fifth set win, 15-11, to keep their record unblemished in the elims.

With the win, the Lady Fighting Maroons secured the top spot in their bracket entering the quarterfinals. The ladies are set to face Polytechnic University of the Philippines on Friday (Oct. 26) at 9:00am.

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