Tigresses exact revenge on Lady Falcons in five sets
Mark Escarlote on Mar 16, 2016 04:38 PM
University of Sto. Tomas outlasted Adamson University in five sets.
University of Sto. Tomas clawed back from a 1-2 match deficit to edge the Adamson Lady Falcons in another five-set duel, 25-21, 17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-12, Wednesday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure fueled the Tigresses’ comeback to avenge a five-set loss to the Lady Falcons in the opening round and improved their win-loss record to 5-5 tied with National University and Far Eastern University.
“Importante itong panalo kasi dikit-dikit na kami ng NU at ng FEU. Ito na ‘yung turning point namin para dun sa pang-apat na (Final Four seat) na tina-target namin,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes, whose wards are coming off a straight sets beating at the hands of De La Salle University. “Sana magtuluy-tuloy.”
Rondina scored 21 points from 19 attacks and a pair of kill blocks for UST, which dealt Adamson its third straight loss for a 3-7 record. The sophomore Cebuana hitter contributed on the defensive end with 12 excellent receives and 11 digs.
Laure also posted a 21-point outing she collected from 15 attacks, three kill blocks and three service aces with 14 perfect receptions while Jessey De Leon had 11 markers.
The Tigresses engaged the Lady Falcons in a see-saw battle in the deciding set. Erika Alkuino cut Adamson’s deficit to 12-13 but it was the last hurrah for the struggling Lady Falcons as De Leon scored on a quick kill from the middle before Carmela Tunay notched her lone point of the match from a defensive gem to deny Jessica Galanza’s smash.
UST showed poise in the tight fourth set breaking a 21-21 deadlock behind Rondina and Laure hits. Jessey De Leon put the Tigresses at set point, 24-22, on a kill block against Galanza. Tunay overshot her service before UST survived a long rally to force a decider after Galanza touched the net.
May Roque led Adamson with 21 points, Galanza had 17 while skipper Mylene Paat finished with 11.
The Lady Falcons are still winless in the second round and in a dangerous situation to miss the Final Four for the second straight year.
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