UAAP Season 81: Tigresses secure at least a twice-to-beat playoff

Mark Escarlote on Apr 27, 2019 04:16 PM
Tigresses secure at least a twice-to-beat playoff
University of Sto. Tomas secured at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.

University of Sto. Tomas recovered from a third set meltdown before turning back National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage on Sunday at the close of their UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball elimination campaign at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Graduating hitter Sisi Rondina and super rookie Eya Laure delivered the goods as the Tigresses improved to a 10-4 win-loss record and more importantly put themselves in a good position to vie for a semis incentive.

Rondina exploded for 21 points all coming off attacks and added 10 digs and 13 excellent receptions for the Espana-based squad. Laure had 13 markers while Alina Bicar and rookie Kecelyn Galdones combined for 14 points for the Tigresses.        

UST can force a playoff for the Final Four bonus if the three-time defending champion De La Salle University (10-3) loses to Far Eastern University on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s Finals series.

Head coach Kungfu Reyes admitted that he felt that his wards’ intensity dipped in the third set.   

“’Yun ang di namin ma-explain, kahit ako nung naglalaro, hirap i-explain nu’ng pagkakataong biglang lumalamig,” said Reyes. “Di ko naman sinasabing nagpapabaya kasi andun naman. Maaring mas aggressive lang yung kabila nung third set. Kami naman yung medyo - pano ba i-explain - nagpabaya, nag-relax.”

The young Lady Bulldogs finished their season run with a 4-10 mark and saw the last game of graduating hitter Roselyn Doria.

Rookie Ivy Lacsina had 19 points including 16 from attacks while Princess Robles posted 14 markers, 15 digs and 15 excellent receptions for NU. Audrey Paran had 10 points while Doria ended her collegiate career with nine markers.



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