Tigresses gun for win no. 4, hold of solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Oct 10, 2016 08:11 AM
Streaking University of Sto. Tomas stakes its unbeaten record against University of the Philippines.
University of Sto. Tomas seeks to extend its winning streak to four in a showdown with co-collegiate team University of the Philippines Lady Maroons Monday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Banking on the improved play of its core headed by EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Pam Lastimosa and sophomore Carla Sandoval, the Tigresses defeated their first three opponents including a couple of veteran squads with one backed by a pair of American imports to remain unbeaten for the solo lead.
The Espana-based squad takes center court this time against UAAP rival Lady Maroons at 6:00 p.m. The match that will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
UST is coming off a morale-boosting 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-13, win over BaliPure Purest Water Defenders last Saturday.
Laure and Sandoval showed the way for the Tigresses, scoring 23 and 12 points, respectively, to upset the Water Defenders composed of former Ateneo de Manila players with the help of veteran Sue Roces and American guest players Kate Morrell and Kaylee Manns.
The Tigresses are streaking despite missing the services of their ace hitter Cherry Rondina, who skipped UST’s first three games to play in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball. Rondina might see action depending on coach Kungfu Reyes’ decision after the third year player and partner Jem Gutierrez conquered the beach volleyball event.
A win will give UST at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.
UP, meanwhile, bounced back from its straight sets loss to Bureau of Customs in its opening game with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-15, demolition of Philippine Coast Guard last Saturday.
Diana Carlos debuted with 19 points after sitting out the Lady Maroons first game to play in the UAAP beach volleyball.
Isa Molde stayed on the bench last game as she was suffering from a headache while Mae Basarte didn’t suit up because of a left elbow bruise. Both are expected to see action this time.
UP will also lean on Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola, Justine Dorog and Marian Buitre to carry the fight against UST.
The Lady Maroons, Philippine Air Force and Laoag are on a three-way tie with 1-1 win-loss records.
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