UST grounds Air Force
Mark Escarlote on Oct 01, 2016 09:08 PM
Ria Meneses of UST smashes an attack against Air Force's Dell Palomata.
University of Sto. Tomas turned back the veteran Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, 25-15, 20-25, 25-13, 25-21, sans a couple of key players Saturday to begin its campaign in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference on the right foot at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
EJ Laure and sophomore Carla Sandoval teamed up on offense, scoring 19 points each for the Espana-based squad, which played with only 10 players. Sandoval smashed 18 kills while Laure, who was bothered the whole game by her contact lenses, had 12 in the Tigresses’ 60 attack points.
UST needed a big rally after the second technical timeout in the fourth set after falling behind the Lady Jet Spikers, 11-16. The Tigresses poured an 11-2 barrage to take a 22-18 lead. A runner by Ria Meneses got UST at match point, 24-19, before Air Force saved two match points.
A service error by Joy Cases closed the one-hour, 45-minute match.
“Nag-respond naman ang mga bata sa challenge although may mga lapses sa dulo,” said UST head coach Kungfue Reyes. “Pero ang importante is nakakabalik din at ‘yun nga ang maturity ng mga bata especially EJ ‘di man masyadong vocal pero puro gawa na lang siya kahit irritated siya doon sa contact lens niya eh.”
Meneses finished with 15 points while Chlodia Cortez got 12 markers for UST.
Explosive hitter Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray skipped the match to play in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament while team captain Pam Lastimosa and Christine Francisco were taking their exams.
“Ten players lang ang nandito kasi yung iba may beach volleyball habang yung iba may mga exams,” explained Reyes.
Iari Yongco posted 11 points while Cases had nine markers for the Lady Jet Spikers, who played sans Judy Ann Caballejo.
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