PVL: Tigresses remain unscathed

Mark Escarlote on Aug 05, 2018 04:25 PM
PVL: Tigresses remain unscathed
University of Sto. Tomas snatched its fourth straight win for the solo lead.

University of Sto. Tomas and University of the Philippines gave a glimpse of what's to come in the UAAP.

The Tigresses displayed great composure down the stretch with Eya Laure leading the way in UST's 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24, win over the Lady Maroons Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Laure uncorked 18 points as the Tigresses clawed their way to their fourth straight win in as many outings for the solo lead. 

The incoming rookie had 12 spikes, five aces and a kill block for the Espana-based squad, which handed UP its first loss in two games.

Tin Francisco had 16 markers while Carla Sandoval came off the bench for 12 points for the Tigresses, who came back from an 11-16 deficit in the fourth with a telling comeback sealed by Laure's kill.

“Again ‘yung last week talagang pinaghandaan namin ‘yung UP, kasi alam naman natin ‘yung UP hindi basta-basta,” said UST assistant coach Ian Fernandez, who took over Kungfu Reyes’ spot as the head mentor joined the national team in its Japan training.

“Viewing kami and then, ‘yung positions din nila lalo na sa defense pattern nila kasi alam naman natin ‘yung UP matibay naman talaga ‘yung ilalim,” he added. “Thankful saka happy ako kasi lumabas kahit papaano ‘yung pinaghirapan ng mga bata tsaka ‘yung inensayo.”

Isa Molde and freshman Nicole Magsarile scored 13 and 12, respectively, for UP. Molde had 11 kills and added 21 digs while Masarile got seven attacks, four aces and one kill block for the Lady Maroons.

Magsarile saved a match point in the fourth set with a crosscourt kill to tie it at 24 but the rookie threw away her service in the next play before Laure closed the one-hour, 57-minute duel. 


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