Tigresses haul fourth straight win
Mark Escarlote on Mar 11, 2017 03:47 PM
University of Sto. Tomas extends its winning run to four.
University of Sto. Tomas started out flat but slowly picked up the pace to bring down University of the East, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, and stretch its winning run to four in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Big Dome Saturday.
The Espana-based squad improved its record to 5-3 tied with idle National University and gave UST coach Kungfu Reyes his longest winning streak since taking over the squad last season.
Reyes was disappointed with his sluggish starters that he opted to rely on his bench to save the day.
The Tigresses found themselves in an early 6-12 hole in the opening set before Reyes decided to shuffle his rotation to find the right combination.
His second stringers responded with a telling 11-3 rally to take a 17-15 lead and eventually steal the frame.
It was all UST in the second set, racing to a 19-8 lead.
Reyes fielded back Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure, who were benched in the second frame, late in the third with the Lady Warriors tying the count at 20. The Tigresses scored two straight points before Carla Sandoval overcooked her serve to give UE a fighting chance, 22-21.
Laure answered with a hit but Lady Warriors captain Shaya Adorador answered with a down the line spike. Christine Francisco put UST at match point, UE saved a point before Laure sealed the win with a down the line kill.
Team captain Pam Lastimosa and Francisco finished with 10 points each despite playing only in the second and third sets for UST while Laure and Rondina combined for 11 markers.
"Siguro nasa right place at the right time ang UE (sa first set) kasi pumapalo naman kami eh. Very commendable ang depensa nila. Siyempre wala naman kaming ibang pwedeng gawin kundi sumubok ng sumubok hanggang sa maging successful ang atake namin," said Reyes.
UE, who ended a seven-game losing skid with a four-set win over listless Adamson last week, dropped to 1-7 at seventh spot.
Adorador, who had 23 points against Adamson, scored 13 points and was the only Lady Warrior in double figures Judith Abil and Jasmine Alcayde had six markers each.
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