UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST), coming off a valiant stand in a five-set loss to reigning titlist De La Salle University, overpowered University of the East (UE), 25-17, 25-15, 25-21, to enter the win column in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Sisi Rondina followed up her sensational 28-point showing against the Lady Spikers with a 20-point, nine-dig outing to lead the Tigresses in improving their record to 1-1 in the young season.
“After two games, it is still a good start for us. Although natalo kami ng first game namin, hindi siya mas masakit. It’s a good indication na kaya naming sumabay,” said UST mentor Kungfu Reyes.
Meanne Mendrez scored 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who fell at 0-2.
Men’s action saw defending champion Ateneo rebounding from what coach Oliver Almadro described as a “terrible loss” to Far Eastern University in the opener with a 26-24, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19 conquest of NU.
Reigning MVP Marck Espejo came through with 24 hits and 19 excellent receptions for the Blue Eagles, who dropped a 18-25, 19-25, 22-25 loss to the Tamaraws last Sunday that ended a 30-game winning run.
“FEU is a good team. It’s not a reality check. They really came prepared,” said Almadro.
Jao Umandal and JJ Buno each had 12 hits as UST defeated UE, 25-11, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, to seize the solo lead at 2-0.
In the men’s side, Ateneo De Manila University banked on Marck Espejo to beat National University, 26-24, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19, and bounce back from an opening day loss to Far Eastern University last Sunday.
Espejo had 24 points, including 22 kills, to lead the Blue Eagles, whose win-loss record improved to 1-1.
Unbeaten UST won over UE, 25-11, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, to bag its second straight win in two games behind Jireh Buro and Joshua Umandal who scored 12 points each.
NU fell to 1-1 win-loss record and UE dropped to 0-2.
(Filoil Flying V Centre)
8 a.m. – FEU vs AdU (Men)
10 a.m. – DLSU vs UP (Men)
2 p.m. – FEU vs AdU (Women)
4 p.m. – DLSU vs UP (Women)