UAAP Season 81: UST strings back-to-back victories

Mark Escarlote on Mar 09, 2019 06:06 PM
UAAP Season 81: UST strings back-to-back victories
University of Sto. Tomas scored its first back-to-back victories of the season.

University of Sto. Tomas made it two in a row as the Tigresses beat the skidding National University, 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Rookie Eya Laure and graduating hitter Sisi Rondina continued their scoring romp to tow UST to its fourth win in six outings to tie three-time defending champion De La Salle University. Laure finished with 20 points from 19 attacks and a service ace.

Rondina had 16 markers with 14 coming off attacks with 10 excellent receptions while Dimdim Pacres contributed on offense and defense with 12 points and 15 digs for the Espana-based squad.

"Maganda na kasi nananalo na kami. Again yung laro na back-to-back na panalo napakalaking bagay sa amin kasi ang hugot namin ay para kay Milena. So hindi yun matatapos sabi nga all the way na," siad UST coach Kungfu Reyes. "Yung importante ang morale ng mga bata. Naka-recover na kami doon sa past few games kung saan kami nadisgrasya."

"Again good indication na pasok na kami sa sistema na gusto naming mangyari. Patitibayin namin especially yung bench namin. Kailangan meron pa kami nun para alalay sa dalawang katabi ko (Laure and Rondina)," Reyes added.    

UST broke free from a 6-6 deadlock in the fourth set to build a 21-10 lead. Freshman Princess Robles brought the Lady Bulldogs to life before the Tigresses completed their conquest.

The Lady Bulldogs squandered a seven-point lead, 19-12, in the third set as they allowed the Tigresses to charge back and take a 23-21 advantage in a scoring spurt capped by Laure’s third straight crosscourt hit. NU returned fire with Jonni Chavez winning the joust before Princess Robles caught fire to score the Lady Bulldogs’ last three points on powerful smashes.

NU slid to 1-4 slate and absorbed its third straight loss.

Robles and Ivy Lacsina finished wityh 14 points each while Audrey Paran and Roselyn Doria had 10 and nine markers, respectively, fot the Lady Bulldogs, who gave away 38 points off miscues.  



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