UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UE scores another upset, trips UST
NO FLUKE: University of the East scored another upset win this time against University of Sto. Tomas.
University of the East used an amazing third set comeback as rallying point to continue with its giant-slaying ways as it swung its upset ax over a disheartened University of Sto. Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, Wednesday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Warriors captured its second straight win in UE’s first back-to-back wins in six seasons to improve to 2-6 record tied with its victim, which dropped its fourth straight match.
Mary Anne Mendrez exploded with 21 points including 15 from attacks while Shaya Adorador pounded 13 kills and landed two service aces to finish with 15 markers for UE. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez posted 10 markers each but it was prized libero Kath Arado who made the difference for the Lady Warriors.
The fourth year defense specialist Arado, the Season 77 Rookie of the Year, had 32 excellent receptions and 28 digs for UE, which defeated UST for the first time since the Final Four era back in 1994.
“(This win is) very important, kasi 'yung team talk namin the last time, sabi ko during FEU game, they won one set, you were really very good,” said UE interim coach Rod Roque, who gave the Lady Warriors two wins in just his third outing as replacement for resigned mentor Francis Vicente.
“But you don't have to remain good, you have to become better. And then, when we won sa Adamson, I told the ladies, well you got better now,” he added. “But then again ang target natin hindi best pa, ‘betterer’ (sic), sabi ko sa kanila. Now we won against UST, now ladies you are now 'betterer', we're aiming for the next higher level.”
Vicente only had two wins with UE in three and a half seasons. The Lady Warriors lost 45 under his watch.
The Recto-based squad came back from a 22-24 hole in the fourth set with a scorching rally that stunned the Tigresses, who in the frame erased a 5-12 deficit.
UE also went down, 20-24, in the third set before mounting a huge run to take a 25-24 lead. UST saved two set points before Judith Abil sealed the frame with an off speed attack.
The Lady Warriors went behind, 21-23, in the opening set but UE answered with four straight points capped by back-to-back errors by Carla Sandoval to steal the set.
UST regrouped in the second set to control the frame and knot the match at 1-1.
Sisi Rondina scored 25 points with all but one of her markers coming off spikes while Dimdim Pacres and Tin Francisco finished with 18 and 10, respectively, for the Tigresses.
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