PVL: With title hopes gone, UST looks to salvage bronze
Mark Escarlote on Sep 06, 2018 04:50 PM
University of stro. Tomas will have revenge as fuel in its drive to salvage a podium finish.
University of Sto. Tomas was having a great run until the Tigresses hit a brick wall.
Now with their title hopes gone, the Tigresses set their eyes on salvaging a third place finish in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.
UST ended the elimination round with just a lone loss – coming at the hands of Adamson University – and even came a win away from claiming a championship seat.
But it wasn’t meant to be for the Espana-based squad as Far Eastern University came back to complete a come-from-behind Final Four series win that relegated the Tigresses to the battle for third.
“Sinasabi nga namin sa mga bata na tapos na ang ‘Road to the Finals’. Sinasabi ko nga sa mga players na kung sino ang nakatalo sa atin which si Adamson noong eliminations bawian na lang natin,” said UST assistant coach Yani Fernandez.
The Tigresses fell victim to the Lady Falcons’ elims rampage, 25-15, 24-26, 23-25, 20-25, in a match where UST missed the services of top rookie Eya Laure, who was forced to sit out the duel because of a right shoulder injury.
UST wants revenge and this time the Tigresses will have Laure back with Fil-Italian sophomore Milena Alessandrini, Caitlyn Viray, Tin Francisco and setter Alina Bicar as support.
“Ang sinasabi ko na lang sa kanila kailangan nasa high note pa rin kami bago matapos ang PVL,” said Fernandez.
Game 1 of the best-of-three battle for third is on Sunday at 4 p.m. and will air via livestream.
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