Golden Tigresses growl louder at expense of Lady Tamaraws

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2017 04:22 PM
Golden Tigresses growl louder at expense of Lady Tamaraws
CLAWS OUT. Without a doubt, UST has climbed out of the 1-3 hole it dug for itself to start the season.

All of a sudden, University of Sto. Tomas is in golden form in the UAAP 79 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

The Golden Tigresses are still rolling after besting a very game Far Eastern University in four sets, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24, and 25-20 on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Now with victories versus FEU, Adamson University, and National University, UST has climbed out of the 1-3 hole it had dug for itself to start the season.

Everybody from team captain Sisi Rondina to unheralded Dimdim Pacres made it happen. The former scored 14 points, including the fatal blows, while the latter contributed 12 markers, including three aces in row that permanently swung momentum in favor of her squad.

“Ganun talaga kami rito. In any position, kung huhugutin ka, mag-dedeliver ka,” a satisfied coach Kungfu Reyes said after also seeing EJ Laure top the scoring column with 17 points, all but two coming from spikes.

Still, it was Pacres’ three aces in a row that punctuated the telling run that turned a one-point margin into a 23-16 lead in the third set. The Lady Tamaraws then gave a fight and pulled to within 20-24 only to see Rondina put the game away with an off-the-block kill.

Streaking after their slow start, the Tigresses finished the first round at 4-3 – knotted for third-place with the FEU team they conquered. Talking about their much-needed win run, Reyes expressed, “Mas lumakas na talaga yung loob namin ngayon kasi naramdaman nilang kaya naman nila.”

On the other hand, FEU saw its three-game winning streak come to an end despite the best efforts of Chinchin Basas and Bernadeth Pons who had 16 and 14 points, respectively.

The two teams will occupy the third and fourth spots pending the result of the matchup on Sunday between NU and University of the Philippines.

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