UAAP Season 81: Tigresses exact revenge on Lady Warriors, continue romp
Mark Escarlote on Mar 17, 2019 03:26 PM
University of Sto. Tomas stretched its winning run to three straight for a share of the second spot to end the first round.
University of Sto. Tomas got its long-awaited revenge on University of the East with a cold-blooded, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, win Sunday to close the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament first round at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Graduating hitter Sisi Rondina and rookie Eya Laure conspired for a quick work on the same squad that handed the Espana-based squad a stinging upset last year in the second round. The Tigresses extended their winning run to three straight for a 5-2 win-loss record in a two-way tie with defending three-time champion De La Salle University.
Rondina powered UST with 17 points with all but one coming off attacks while adding 10 excellent receptions and seven digs for an all-around performance. Laure had 15 markers built on 11 spikes, two aced and two kill blocks while Caitlyn Viray, Dimdim Pacres and rookie Kecelyn Galdones chipped in with eight markers each for the Tigresses, who had 45 attack points.
“Maganda ano namin, ‘yung start namin, regardless nag-2-2 kami maganda pa rin pwesto namin kahit papaano,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Noong nagi-start kami, nagsisimula kami 0-2, 1-3, 2-3 ngayon talagang napakaganda nu’ng naging development nu’ng team namin nayon,” added Reyes. “Ang naging pangit lang talaga is nawalan kami ng isang tao si Milena (Alessandrini) pero with regards sa standing malayung malayo sa start ko nung three years. Sana ito na nga at least nandun kami sa top 3 so far ng 1st round”
“So maganda-gandang motivation pagpasok ng second round,” he said.
The Lady Warriors absorbed their fourth straight defeat to end the round at the bottom with a 1-6 mark.
Judith Abil scored 15 points with 14 excellent receptions and seven digs while Me-Anne Mendrez got six for UE. Prized libero Kath Arado had a quiet day with 12 receptions and 11 digs.
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