La Salle stays upbeat despite exit of stars (May 04, 2016)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

EVEN as more teams looked ready to challenge La Salle and Ateneo’s dominance in the next UAAP women’s volleyball season, the newly crowned Lady Spikers think they have the tools to stay on top.

“It’s going to be different without the seniors, but nothing is impossible,” said Finals MVP Kim Kianna Dy, days after the Lady Spikers dethroned the Lady Eagles in a blockbuster, fifth straight title duel.

The league just bid farewell to some of its biggest stars led by La Salle’s Ara Galang and Mika Reyes and Ateneo’s three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez.

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Graduating Lady Spikers ready to don national colors (May 04, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Volleyball

Fresh from winning the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball title, the graduating players of La Salle expressed their willingness to wage war anew, this time for flag and country.

With their collegiate careers done, the Lady Spikers answered in the affirmative when asked whether they will be willing to lend their services to the national team.

“Who wouldn’t say no if given the opportunity?” said Mika Reyes during the weekly PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday. “I’m willing to join the tryouts. There’s nothing to lose.”

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How ex-captain Aby Maraño reacted to La Salle's win (May 04, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Former La Salle captain Aby Maraño. ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Former De La Salle University team captain Abigail Maraño was not among the nearly 23,000 fans who packed the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday to watch the Lady Spikers end two years of heartbreak against Ateneo de Manila University.

Instead, Maraño was in Boracay, watching the game on television before competing in a beach volleyball tournament herself. She kept cheering on the Lady Spikers via Twitter, tweeting messages like "Pusuan niyo lang!" and exhorting veterans Ara Galang and Mika Reyes to lead the way.

    PUSUAN NIYO LANG 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚🏐🏐🏐🏐🏐🏹🏹🏹🏹 #ANIMOLASALLE 🏆 pic.twitter.com/SmsOja9K9e
    — Abigail P. Maraño (@Abymarano) April 30, 2016

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#KAF1MoreYear: Dy hopes to convince Fajardo to stay (May 04, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 La Salle's Kianna Dy (11) is hoping to convince Kim Fajardo (9) to play in her final year of eligibility for the Lady Spikers. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – One day after helping De La Salle University win the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball championship, rising star Kim Kianna Dy began her campaign with a tweet: "KAF1MoreYear."

    #KAF1MoreYear
    — Kim Kianna Dy (@KiannaDy) May 1, 2016

The tweet, which has since been re-tweeted over 1,600 times, is just one of the things that Dy is doing in the hopes of convincing team captain and setter Kim Fajardo to stay and play in her final year of eligibility for the Lady Spikers.

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Ateneo still thankful despite loss in volleyball Finals (May 04, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ateneo's Jia Morado (12). Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – A third consecutive UAAP women's volleyball championship was not in the cards for the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, yet their star setter Jia Morado says the team nevertheless remains thankful for what they achieved in Season 78.

The Lady Eagles drew first blood in the do-or-die Game 3 against archrival De La Salle University last Saturday, winning the opening set 25-19 with Morado repeatedly setting up Alyssa Valdez for powerful attacks.

The Lady Spikers regrouped, however, and used their tremendous blocking to frustrate the Ateneo hitters while preventing the Lady Eagles from getting a rhythm offensively through heavy serves.

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Studies now the priority for La Salle's Galang (May 03, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 La Salle's Ara Galang celebrates after winning the UAAP title. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in a long while, De La Salle University's Ara Galang will focus solely on her academic life, after ending her UAAP career on the brightest of notes.

Galang, who is taking up BS Entrepreneurship, helped the Lady Spikers overcome arch-rival Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball Finals, scoring nine points in the do-or-die Game 3 last Saturday.

She finishes her UAAP career with three titles, and can now focus on her final term at La Salle.

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After vanquishing Ateneo, La Salle coach lauds Valdez (May 02, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus praised Alyssa Valdez after the UAAP Season 78 Finals. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN SportsMANILA, Philippines – La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus had nothing but praise for Ateneo superstar Alyssa Valdez after their five-year UAAP saga ended with the Lady Spikers beating the Lady Eagles in the Season 78 Finals.

De Jesus and the Lady Spikers overcame the Lady Eagles in the do-or-die Game 3 of the Finals, surviving a 31-point effort from Valdez to win in four sets and claim their ninth championship.

Valdez, who willed Ateneo into a victory in Game 2 by pouring in a season-high 34 points, showed her respect by crossing over to the La Salle side and embracing De Jesus despite her tears.

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