UAAP Season 81: Tigresses coast to solo second

Mark Escarlote on Mar 27, 2019 03:23 PM
UAAP Season 81: Tigresses coast to solo second
University of Sto. Tomas cruised back in the win column with an emphatic sweep of Adamson University.

A stark contrast from their first meeting, University of Sto. Tomas crushed Adamson University in a clinical 25-15, 25-12, 25-16, dismantling Wednesday to take solo second place in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Tigresses sustained their strong start to easily take down the Lady Falcons, who gave UST a scare in the first round before yielding in five sets, and get back on the winning track for a 6-3 win-loss record.

Eya Laure, Caitlyn Viray and Sisi Rondina had a field day as they punished Adamson’s shaky defense with thunderous attacks and heady plays. Laure led the Tigresses with 17 points with 15 coming off attacks while Viray played her best game with career-high 14 points.

Dimdim Pacres added 12 points including 10 off kills while Rondina, who registered a league-best tying 35 points in a lost cause last week, had 10 markers with 14 digs and three excellent receptions for UST. 

“Happy at maganda pa rin ang standing namin. Nag-6-3 kami ngayon. Happy ulit kasi lalabas kami ng walang injury. Though may mga masasakit ata sa katawan, nag-perform naman si Caitlyn na medyo matagal na naming hinihintay na pumasok dito (sa pressroom). Andito na siya so masaya kami nadagdagan itong dalawa,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes, who was joined by Viray and usual companions Rondina and Laure.

It was a masterful win by the Tigresses, who rebounded from a stinging five-set loss to Ateneo de Manila University last week, as they kept the Lady Falcons at bay.

Adamson held a 6-3 lead in the second frame before UST poured a closing 22-6 scoring barrage to take the set. Smelling blood, the Tigresses pounced on the disheartened Lady Falcons to wrap the match and send Adamson on the brink of elimination.

The Lady Falcons absorbed their fifth straight defeat for a 1-8 slate.

Joy Dacoron led Adamson with eight points while Chiara Permentilla got  five. Eli Soyud played only in the opening set and finished with just two markers.

 

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