UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Carlos goes off for 32 as UP returns to win column

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 28, 2018 04:23 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Carlos goes off as UP returns to win column
Tots Carlos was not letting UP get another mark on the loss column

The University of the Philippines pushed University of Sto. Tomas to as far as 31-all the first set on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, but was unable to finish it off.

There was no more falling short from that point as the Lady Maroons easily copped the next three sets for a convincing 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, and 25-12 victory that gets them back on track in the UAAP 80 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Tots Carlos was brilliant all match long and wound up with 32 points that powered State U right back onto the win column now at 2-3.

Isa Molde was right there with her with 24 markers of her own as they arrested their four-game slide and gained much-needed confidence heading into their last assignment of the first round.

UP actually didn’t get off to the best of starts and found themselves down, 10-19, in the first set before, slowly but surely, they clawed their way back to 24-all. “Our opponents are a very good, very aggressive team and we welcome that. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but if we kept our heads in the game, we can win,” head coach Godfrey Okumu said.

The two teams wouldn’t give an inch to each other and went back-and-forth, still knotted at 31-all until Sisi Rondina and Carla Sandoval willed the Tigresses into getting the set.

Despite losing the set, the Lady Maroons seemingly got into their groove in the first and took control of the match starting in the second.

The last time UST would actually threaten was back in the third with a 12-11 lead until Carlos and Isa Molde connived for a red-hot 13-2 run that would eventually end as another set won.

Nothing changed in the fourth set as State U breezed their way into a share of sixth with a 2-4 record. “We are finding our footing,” Okumu remarked.

Also at 2-4 are the Tigresses who were paced by Rondina’s 23 points.

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