Tigresses send Lady Spikers crashing back to earth

Mark Escarlote on Mar 02, 2016 06:57 PM
Tigresses send Lady Spikers crashing back to earth
University of Sto. Tomas defeats De La Salle in straight sets.

University of Sto. Tomas brought De La Salle University down on its knees with a huge 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 upset Wednesday to end the 78th UAAP women's volleyball first round of eliminations at The Arena in San Juan.

Tigresses head coach Kung Fu Reyes dug deep in his bag of tricks to pull off the victory against a team that is coming off a morale-boosting straight sets demolition of bitter rival defending two-time champion Ateneo de Manila last Saturday. 

"Kung sino lang talaga ang mag-perform ng 100% siya ang mananalo. Siguro this time kami na ang buenas," said Reyes as his team improved to 3-4 win-loss record tied with National University and Adamson University. "Yung La Salle siguro medyo may hangover pa. Di ko masabi baka medyo mabigat pa ‘yung pakiramdam.”

Skipper EJ Laure led UST’s onslaught with 13 points, 11 coming from powerful kills including the match-clinching smash from the middle to seal the one-hour, 29-minute match. The Tigresses bounced back from a loss against University of the Philippines and snapped DLSU's three-game run. 

Cherry Rondina added 11 markers, Jessey De Leon added eight while seldom-used rookie Christine Francisco chipped in five markers in a surprise start to help the Espana-based squad end a five-game head-to-head losing skid to DLSU since winning the Season 75 season opener on five-sets.

Rica Jane Rivera was superb in leading UST's floor defense in her second stint as libero, pulling up 13 digs with 16 excellent reception.     

UST played catch up the whole match including a 15-18 fight back in third frame.

“Anytime kasi pwedeng bumalik si La Salle e kung hindi mo sasamantalahin ang ganoong pagkakataon. Sabi ko sa kanila every time out na “tingnan n’yo ang La Salle, ayaw ng gumalaw huwag na nating buhayin ‘yan kasi otherwise may kalalagyan na naman kami.” Lumalamang sila, hahabol kami at umaangat kami at kinapitan na lang naming,” Reyes added.

Ara Galang had 15 points while Majoy Baron had 10 markers for the 5-2 Lady Spikers, who remain on second spot behind Ateneo (6-1).




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