Tigresses down Lady Spikers in beach volleyball opener

Mark Escarlote on Oct 05, 2017 06:56 PM
Tigresses down Lady Spikers in beach volleyball opener
University of Sto. Tomas' Sisi Rondina and new partner Caitlyn Viray escaped with a three-set win over De La Salle University to open their UAAP women's beach volleyball title-retention bid on a high note.

University of Sto. Tomas opened its title-retention bid in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament on a high note Thursday at the Sands SM by the Bay.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Sisi Rondina and new partner Caitlyn Viray turned back De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-23, 21-19, 15-11, in the day’s opening duel.

The UST duo needed to comeback from a set down to score an early win in the Espana-based squad’s drive for fifth crown overall and second back-to-back since ruling Season 74 and 75.

"Hindi ko na control emotion ko kanina, gigil ako kanina," said Rondina, who teamed up with Jem Gutierrez last year to claim her second crown after ruling Season 77.

UST claimed its second win in the evening duel after crushing National University's Audrey Paran and Roma Doromal, 21-9, 21-8, for a 2-0 win-loss record.   

"Hindi kami mag-iiwan ng salita (kung itutuluy-tuloy na panalo) pero tatrabahuhin namin itong tournament," added Rondina, who came fresh from a fifth place finish in the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore with partner Bernadeth Pons.

In other afternoon women’s results, last year's runner up Pons and Kyla Atienza of Far Eastern University defeated Ateneo de Manila University’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-8, 21-14, before burying the University of the Philippines duo of Ayel Estranero and Diana Carlos.

Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy of Adamson swept NU, 21-18, 21-19, while UP dominated Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat of University of the East, 21-19, 21-13.

DLSU bounced back from its opening game defeat with a 21-14, 21-10, win over Adamson. Ateneo barged in the win column with a 17-21, 22-20, 15-10, win over UE.

Meanwhile, defending men’s champions KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto of UST came up with thrilling come-from-behind, 12-21, 21-15, 17-15, win against the UP pair of Nicolo Consuelo and Wendel Miguel.

The Tigers reached match point, 14-10, only to see the Fighting Maroons counter with five unanswered points capped by a drop shot by Miguel for a 15-10 advantage.   

Guzman forced a deuce at 15, Arbasto scored an ace in the next play before sealing the win with a heady play, tapping  the ball away at UP's undefended spot at the back  to end their opening day with a morale-boosting victory.   

In other matches, National University defeated last year's runner-up FEU, 21-23, 21-29, 15-12; DLSU outlasted Adamson, 24-26, 21-18, 15-13 while Ateneo swept UE, 21-13, 21-12.  



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