Transformers halt Tigresses' winning run

Mark Escarlote on Oct 15, 2016 05:46 PM
Transformers halt Tigresses' winning run
Bureau of Customs recovered from its previous setback and in the process dented the erstwhile unbeaten record of University of Sto. Tomas.

Bureau of Customs ace hitter Alyssa Valdez and Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong led the Transformers’ scorching offense to put University of Sto. Tomas’ four-game winning run to a screeching halt with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-15, victory Saturday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan.

The Transformers spoiled the return of newly-crowned 79th UAAP beach volleyball champion Chery Rondina for the Tigresses and delayed UST’s attempt to claim the first semifinals seat.

Valdez and Kuthaisong did most of the damage to help BoC bounce back from a straight-set loss to BaliPure the last time out to improve to 3-1 win-loss record.

The former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle smashed 15 kills for a total of 19 points and added 11 digs while Kuthaisong had 16 points with 15 coming off attacks. The Thai reinforcement also provided nine digs and seven excellent receptions on the defensive side for BoC.  

After a dominating performance in the opening frame, the Transformers saw themselves staring at a match point disadvantage, 22-24, after a service error from BoC Thai import Nattanicha Jaisaen. Rose Marie Vargas saved a point on a down the line kill before veteran Pau Soriano followed it up with another kill to tie the set.

Valdez fired an ace to take the advantage before Kuthaisong broke the Tigresses’ defensive wall to steal the frame.

Smelling blood, the Transformers made a quick kill of UST in the third set to seal the win.     

UST absorbed its first loss in five games but remained seated on top of the standings.

EJ Laure and Rondina finished with eight points each while Pam Lastimosa had six for the Espana-based squad, which was limited to only 27 attack points compared to the Transfomers' 42.     






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