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Lady Maroons stun defending champs in impressive sweep

MANILA, Philippines — Homework pays off for the Lady Maroons.

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons pulled off impressive upset of the De La Salle University Lady Spikers 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 Wednesday at the FilOil Flying-V Arena in San Juan.

UP thus snapped a 16-game losing streak to La Salle. The Lady Maroons' last victory over the powerhouse squad was in 2008 when La Salle forfeited some of their games because of technicalities.

So what was UP's main weapon? Doing their homework.

"Two days na kami nag discuss," assistant coach Rald Ricafort said. "Discussion na parang lecture talaga."

He said they’re aware that La Salle has a good scouting guy in assistant coach Benson Bocboc.

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"May powerpoints talaga sila. Every player may sari-sariling assignment kung paano basahin yung La Salle," Ricafort continued.

"Ang pambawi namin, collective effort. Kaya alam ng players by the dot at sinapuso nila," he added.

True enough, the preparation paid off as no players from La Salle scored in double-digits. Their offensive juggernauts, Kim Dy and Majoy Baron, were silenced to just nine points apiece.

For their part, two players scored in double-digits with Nicole Tiamzon leading the pack with 16 points.

The Lady Maroons were impressive both on offense and defense. They led in attacks, 39-23, and had more excellent digs, 60-38.

Ricafort said the win is a huge boost for the team since they know Season 79 is the most unpredictable season yet.

"Alam namin this year six teams talaga yung pantay pantay kaya malaking bagay 'yung mga ganyang panalo," he said.

UP will next face the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on Sunday at the same venue.

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