Tigresses hand Lady Eagles second straight loss in UAAP beach volleyball

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 16, 2015 03:46 PM
Tigresses turn back Lady Eagles in UAAP beach volleyball
UST is now tied with Ateneo and La Salle at third to fifth place with identical 4-2 records.

Defending women's champion University of Santo Tomas handed favored Ateneo de Manila University a second straight loss as Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera turned back Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan, 21-18, 21-18, Friday in the UAAP Season 78 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay.

Reigning MVP Rondina and Rivera were impressive with their well-placed shots and defense to help the Tigresses book their third straight win.

The setback put a dent on the bid of the Lady Eagles, who opened the tournament with four consecutive wins, of advancing to the Final Four.

Ateneo dropped to 4-2 in a tie with UST and De La Salle University, a 26-24, 21-13 winner over National University, from third to fifth spots.

Adamson University and Far Eastern University are now tied on top at 4-1 after beating their respective foes.

Mylene Paat and Jessica Galanza of the Lady Falcons downed the Lady Bulldogs' Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor, 21-15, 21-16, while Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza of the Lady Tamaraws prevailed over Arielle Estranero and Vina Alinas, 21-10, 19-21, 15-8.

In the men's division, the Blue Eagles' Marck Espejo and Ysay Marasigan moved closer to clinching an outright Finals berth with thrice-to-beat bonus by beating the Growling Tigers' Kris Roy Guzman and Anthony Arbasto in a duel of unbeaten teams, 19-21, 21-18, 15-10.

Extending its perfect run to six matches, Ateneo can nail the first championship berth with a thrice-to-beat advantage with a victory over University of the East in the final day of eliminations at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Despite the loss, UST, which is tied with NU in second spot at 5-1, is already assured of a spot in the semifinals.

The Bulldogs' Bryan Bagunas and Madzlan Gampong made quick work of the Green Spikers' Levin Dimayuga and Carlo Sendo, 21-18, 21-12.

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