PVL: Tigresses show grit in tough win

Mark Escarlote on Sep 09, 2018 07:04 PM
PVL: Tigresses show grit in tough win
University of Sto. Tomas outlasted Adamson University to inch closer to a third place finish.

University of Sto. Tomas showed grit and composure in the fifth set to survive a thrilling 25-20, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 17-15 win over Adamson University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference battle for third series opener Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.      

The Tigresses survived a wild windup with lucky breaks in the end to exact revenge on their elimination round tormentors and more importantly move within a win to claim a third place finish.

“‘Yung pagbalik namin ng fourth set isang indication na nagkakaroon na ng grit so magandang bagay para sa amin kasi ano na eh laglag na ang balikat namin pagdating sa third set, ayaw na sumuntok,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.

Fil-Italian sophomore Milena Alessandrini paced the Espana-based squad with game-high 31 points in an all-around offensive explosion of 24 spikes, six kill blocks and an ace. Alessandrini also did a great job on floor defense with 13 digs and 11 excellent receptions for UST.

Eya Laure finished with 21 points and 15 digs while Tin Francisco had 11 markers for the Tigresses

UST can seal the podium finish on Wednesday.

A win by Adamson in Game 2 of the best-of-three series in three or four sets coupled by a series sweep in the Finals showdown between University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University will hand the Lady Falcons the third place trophy.

UST reached match point, 14-13, but Adamson forced a deuce. The Lady Falcons took the match point advantage only to see UST knot the score at 15. UST then got a lucky break when Adamson got whistled with back-to-back net touch errors to escape with the victory.

The Tigresses took the opening set but got into trouble in the next two including a stinging second frame collapse when UST squandered a 24-19 lead. With their backs against the wall, the Tigresses fiercely fought back in the fourth to force a decider.  

Eli Soyud scored 22, Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla finished with 18 each while Bernadette Flora chipped in 11 markers in a lost cause for Adamson.

 

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