Tigresses book first semis ticket
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 19, 2016 09:41 PM
University of Sto. Tomas clinched a spot in the Final Four in a thrilling five-set victory over Laoag.
University of Sto. Tomas occupied the first Final Four seat after outlasting a gutsy Laoag side in five sets, 25-22, 25-27, 18-25, 27-25, 15-12, Wednesday night in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Tigresses banked on the steady hands of Cherry Rondina in the fifth set to improve to 5-1 win-loss record and bounce back from a straight sets loss to Bureau of Customs last Saturday.
Rondina, who played her second game after missing the team’s first four games to play in the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament, hammered the finishing blow off a combination play to end the tiring match.
EJ Laure picked up her game in the last two sets and turned in a 22-hit effort while Marivic Meneses added 14 points and Rondina chipped in 13 markers for the league’s winningest team with six championships.
Laoag, led by Grethcel Soltones’ 27 hits, slid to joint fifth at 2-3 with Air Force and UP.