DE La Salle fashioned out a 25-21, 25-9, 25-18 victory over University of Santo Tomas (UST) to clinch the remaining twice-to-beat semifinals incentive in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament on Wed-nesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Ara Galang took over the scoring mantle once more for La Salle as she bounced back from a slump by hitting 15 of her 17 points for attacks while Cyd Demecillo tossed in 12 markers.
La Salle took only 70 minutes to dispose UST in a game which was expected to be a dogfight.
The Tigresses went back to the below .500 mark, losing for the sixth time in 11 starts, although the España-based spikers stayed in third place.
EJ Laure, Pam Lastimosa and Ria Meneses could only muster six markers apiece, while Carmela Tunay was a major letdown for UST, scoring only three points.
“Siguro, maganda lang inilaro ng mga bata at na-execute yung iniaral nila sa scouting,” said Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus after his troops claimed their 10th victory in 11 matches to assure themselves of finishing in the Top 2 after the end of eliminations, while halting the Tigresses’ four-game winning run.
Earlier, defending champion Ateneo streaked to its 11th straight win by tripping Far Eastern University, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23.
The Lady Eagles, who are assured of a twice-to-beat incentive in the semis and are also on track for an outright Finals stint, prevailed even without rookie middle hitter Bea de Leon, who suffered an index finger injury.
Alyssa Valdez finished with 23 hits, including two service aces, and collected seven digs to lead the way for Ateneo.
Amy Ahomiro had 13 points, including five service aces, while Madayag chipped in four points in her first start for the Lady Eagles.
Bernadette Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 hits and six digs, while rookie Jerrili Malabanan contributed nine markers.