Adamson U squad ( photo courtesy)

MANILA — Shakey’s Super League (SSL) National Invitationals 2023 perennial UAAP contenders La Salle and Adamson secured quarterfinal berths by convincingly defeating their opponents at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City.

La Salle, the reigning UAAP champion, triumphed over CESAFI runner-up University of Southern Philippines Foundation with a swift 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 victory in just 70 minutes.

Meanwhile, Adamson, the UAAP bronze medalist, achieved a similar result by blanking NCAA runner-up Lyceum, winning 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 in a 71-minute match.

La Salle’s Alleiah Malaluan played an instrumental role, amassing 13 points with 12 impressive hits, helping the team sweep Pool A in the historic SSL nationwide tilt. The event is presented by Eurotel as the official hotel and Victory Liner as the official transport provider, in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

In their earlier match, the Lady Spikers dominated the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, winning 25-11, 25-17, 25-12. Shevana Laput and Katrina Del Castillo provided valuable support, contributing 10 points each to the team’s success.

Despite their strong performances, La Salle isn’t complacent as they head into the knockout playoffs. Missing key players like UAAP Rookie-MVP Angel Canino and ace libero Justine Jazareno, they know they must continue to push their limits to achieve their goals in the tournament. (ai/mnm)