Tigresses win second straight in Lastimosa's return
Mark Escarlote on Oct 03, 2016 05:48 PM
The University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses welcomed Pam Lastimosa's return to action with a straight sets win over Philippine Coast Guard.
University of Sto. Tomas breezed past Philippine Coast Guard, 25-16, 25-10, 25-23, Monday to take the early solo lead in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Golden Tigresses gave returning team captain Pam Lastimosa a fitting welcome gift with UST collecting its second straight win in as many outings despite playing without third year hitter Cherry Rondina, who is playing in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament.
Lastimosa, who saw action for the first time after almost a year of absence because of a left ACL injury, scored seven points -- all from kills -- and started in all three sets. The incoming fifth year player skipped UST's four-set win over Philippine Air Force last Saturday because of school exams.
EJ Laure led the way for the Tigresses with 12 points with all but one coming off attacks. Ria Meneses and Carla Sandoval, who scored 19 points in their last outing, had seven markers each.
"Smooth naman 'yung first two sets. Bumunot kami ng tao sa labas pero doon nagbago ang tiyempo ng laro," said UST coach Kungfu Reyes, whose squad squandered a 5-point lead at the closing stretch of the third frame. "Although up by two sets kami, di kami pwedeng mag-relax."
Coast Guard cut their 15-20 deficit in the third set to 20-21 and kept it close. UST reached match point, 24-22, before Samantha Dawson saved a point for the Lady Dolphins.
Laure closed the match with a hit.
The Lady Dolphins dropped their second straight loss in as many games to slide lower down the cellar.
Former Far Eastern University star Dawson had eight points for PCG while Grenlen Malapit scored six in two sets.
Coast Guard is yet to win a set in the conference after absorbing a three-set beating at the hands of Laoag last Saturday.
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