UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas snapped Adamson’s three-match winning streak with a 12-25, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9 victory in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena last night.
League leading scorer Eya Laure had 23 points, including the match-clinching crosscourt kill, and eight receptions to help the Tigresses improve to 2-0 in five-setter matches.
Raising its record to 4-2 overall, UST tied La Salle, which made quick work of University of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19, in second place.
The Tigresses squandered a 7-2 lead in the deciding set but regrouped just in time, while capitalizing on the Lady Falcons’ late-game errors.
Now the second hottest team, titleholder Ateneo continued its rise from a 0-3 start with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-11, 25-14 dismantling of University of the East.
With their third win in six matches, the Blue Eagles reached the .500 mark for the first time this season, but coach Oliver Almadro is looking for more from his troops as the eliminations is now reaching the halfway mark.
“We’re not counting the streak e, we just want to be better every game and this game is not different from the other games we have to prepare rin for UE,” said Almadro.
“We know for a fact naman na lumalaban talaga sila and kapag hindi mo binantayan yung counter attack nila, they will really hit on you like what happened on our second set,” he added.
Ateneo wraps up its first round assignment against UST in a rematch of 2019 Finals tomorrow.
First year spiker Ypril Tapia added 11 points, including two service aces, while setter Maji Mangulabnan tossed in 25 excellent sets and fired two service aces for the Tigresses.
“Kalimutan yung first four sets, erase na lahat,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes. “Ang pinakaimportante yung fifth set kasi gaya ng sinabi namin noon sa mga previous matches namin, sa five sets patatagan lang ng dibdib, palakas ng isip so every point count.
“Bawal ang magkamali yun lang naman ang binigay naming instructions sa kanila the rest sila na yung nag trabaho sa loob,” he added.
The Lady Falcons, who drew 15 points from Trisha Genesis, fell in a tie with the Eagles and Fighting Maroons at 3-3 in fourth spot.
Faith Nisperos continued to shine for Ateneo with 19 points, including three service aces, and seven receptions while Vanie Gandler also fired three aces for a 16-point outing to go with 14 digs.
The rookies delivered for the Lady Spikers as Alleiah Malaluan came through with 16 points and five receptions while Fifi Sharma had three blocks for a 10-point effort.
La Salle’s two back-to-back wins this season is sandwiched by consecutive losses to National University and UST.
The Lady Spikers also drew a huge outing from second year libero Justine Jazareno, who recorded 12 digs and 11 receptions.
Niña Ytang led UP with eight points and six digs while Joan Monares chipped in five kills. Alyssa Bertolano, the tournament’s second leading scorer, was held to four points.
After opening the season at 3-0, the Maroons have lost three in a row.
Ja Lana had 13 points and nine receptions before leaving late in the fourth set due to injury while Dara Nieva chipped in 12 points and 10 digs for the Lady Warriors.
UE stumbled to its sixth consecutive defeat. By Theodore Jurado