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Soreño provides spark as De La Salle turns back Ateneo

De La Salle bucked a slow start and turned back reigning champion Ateneo with a 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 win in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Thursday night, May 5.

Baby Jyne Soreño of De La Salle (UAAP Media Bureau) 

The Lady Spikers came alive after avenging their first set loss behind the joint efforts of Baby Jyne Soreño, Alleiah Malaluan, Thea Gagate, and Fifi Sharma.

But it was Soreño who spelled the difference after scoring 17 points built on 13 attacks and three blocks.

Malaluan fired 13 of 15 points off kills, Gagate added 11 points, while Sharma had 10 points.

Faith Nisperos led the Blue Eagles with 24 points, powered by 19 attacks, three service aces, and two blocks while Lyann De Guzman chipped in 11 points.

Nisperos anchored Ateneo in the fourth frame and could have forced a decisive fifth set after trailing by two points only, 22-20.

Malaluan, however, delivered back-to-back conversions before Nisperos committed a costly attack error which enabled De La Salle to get a 1-0 record while Ateneo suffered the opposite and fell to a 0-1 slate.

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