Tigresses still unbeaten, trip BaliPure
Mark Escarlote on Oct 08, 2016 09:13 PM
University of Sto. Tomas kept its winning run going with its third straight.
Unbeaten University of the Sto. Tomas bared its teeth, recovering from a set down to add the American duo-reinforced BaliPure to its list of victims that already climbed to three.
The Tigresses shook off a sluggish start as the all-Filipino collegiate team beat the Purest Water Defenders, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-13, Saturday for their third straight win and a hold of the solo lead in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, skipper Pam Lastimosa and sophomore Carla Sandoval carried the scoring load to spoil the debut of BaliPure imports Kate Morrell and Kaylee Manns. Mary Pacres turned out to be a big factor for UST, bringing in added firepower as the third year player sealed the win with a cross court kill.
Laure powered the Tigresses with 23 points including 20 from kills while adding 11 digs and six excellent receptions. Sandoval had 12 points while Lastimosa and Meneses added 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Pacres had four points in a relief role but proved to be an effective reserve scoring the closing points in the third and fourth sets.
"Nag-respond sila sa challenge and maganda na lumabas 'yung character na gusto naming makita sa kanila," said UST coach Kungfu Reyes. "Ngayon ibang UST na ang nakikita nilang naglalaro."
The Tigresses got fired up in the second set after Reyes was flagged by a yellow flag for complaining.
UST used it as a rallying point to build a 20-11 lead.
Behind their American imports, BaliPure countered with a 10-3 blast to close the gap, 23-21, capped by an attack by Morrell.
But the reinforcement committed an error on the next plat that pushed UST at set point before Ria Meneses scored from the service line to tie the match at one set each.
UST played catch the whole third set before making BaliPure pay in the closing stretch as Mary Pacres pounded the Water Defenders' defense including the set winner that gave the Tigresses a 2-1 match advantage.
Morrell scored 25 points built on a 21-kill performace while Dzi Gervacio had 10 points. Manns dished out 41 excellent sets on top of nine markers.
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