UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UST, UE battle to barge in win column
University of Sto. Tomas and University of the East look to claim their first win of the season.
University of Sto. Tomas and University of the East seek to rebound from their respective opening day setbacks when the two teams clash Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Opening serve is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.
Both teams are coming off five-set defeats with the Tigresses coming up short against grand slam-seeking De La Salle University, 20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15, 8-15, Saturday while the Lady Warriors bowed down to University of the Philippines, 19-25, 13-25, 25-21, 25-16, 8-15, Sunday.
It was a sorry loss for UST after Sisi Rondina exploded for 28 points and Fil-Italian rookie Milena Alessandrini posting 18 markers.
The duo are expected to lead the Tigresses’ offense once again with Dimdim Pacres and skipper Shanen Palec acting as support against the Lady Warriors, who are looking to end an 8-game losing slump since last season.
Judith Abil led the way for UE the last time out with 12 points while Mary Ann Mendrez had 10.
The Lady Warriors need to get more production from graduating hitter Shaya Adorador, who was quiet in their opener with only seven points, and Seth Rodriguez.
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