Tigresses attempt to snatch first win in third try

Mark Escarlote on Feb 13, 2016 01:35 AM
Tigresses attempt to snatch first win in third try
University of Sto. Tomas attempts to notch its first win in its third try.

University of Sto. Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes remains positive despite the Golden Tigresses awful start.

“Nagi-improve naman kami at mahaba pa naman ang season,” he said.

The Espana-based squad is looking to turn its fate around when it faces the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on Saturday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

UST and FEU, two of the league’s most successful squads but have been struggling in recent years, take on the floor in the main game at 4:00 p.m.

The game will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.  

UST opened its campaign in a tough five-set loss against the Adamson Lady Falcons before losing to the unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-25.

The Tigresses have an intact roster with only Pam Lastimosa missing the tournament because of a knee injury. Reyes, who took over Odjie Mamon’s position, said that his players have the skills to contend for the crown.

It’s just that they are missing one important element to win games. 

“Pinagtutuunan namin ng pansin ngayon ay ang character ng mga players,” he said.

“Paulit-ulti naming sinasabi sa kanila ‘yung character kailangan talaga, ‘yung will to win at ‘yung fighting spirit sa ginagawa namin,” added Reyes, whose team is in the cellar at 0-2 win-loss card tied with University of the East. “Medyo mahaba-haba pa naman ang liga mahirap naman na banderang-kapos. Mas maganda na sa una pa lang nararamdaman na kaagad namin ‘yung sakit para pilitin naming umangat.”

That character will be tested against the erratic Lady Tams, who are reeling from a 22-25, 19-25, 15-25 loss to Ateneo last Wednesday.

Consistency is the main problem of FEU as it started the season with a three-set loss to De La Salle, won in four frames against UE before suffering humiliation from the Lady Eagles.

With top hitter Bernadeth Pons still not 100% healthy from a sore back, Remy Palma, Jerrili Malaban, Toni Basas and Heather Guino-o need to step up big time against UST’s pocket rocket Cherry Rondina, who was averaging 25.5 points per game, EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Rica Rivera and Jessey De Leon.





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