UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) and University of the Philippines (UP) stayed unbeaten after prevailing over their respective women’s division foes in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay on Sunday.
Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez of the Tigresses turned back Tin Tiamzon and Desiree Cheng of defending champion De La Salle University, 21-15, 21-16, while Diana Carlos and Arielle Estrañero of the Lady Maroons subdued Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat of University of the East, 21-16, 22-20.
UST and UP improved to 3-0, as the elimination round is now reaching the halfway mark.
Far Eastern University and National University, meanwhile, stayed within reach of the joint leaders after posting contrasting victories.
Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza continued their rise from their season-opening loss to the Lady Spikers, as the Lady Tamaraws ripped Ateneo’s Michelle Morente and Kim Gequillana, 21-18, 21-13.
Aiko Urdas and Roma Doromal of the Lady Bulldogs rallied from an opening-set loss to outlast Jema Galanza and Bernadette Flora of Adamson University, 20-22, 21-12, 15-12.
FEU and NU shared third spot with identical 2-1 slates. The Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers dropped at 1-2, while the Lady Falcons and the Lady Warriors are winless in three contests.
In the men’s division, the Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws are ruling the roost with three straight wins.
UST’s KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto trounced Cris Dumago and Wayne Marco of De La Salle, 21-13, 21-12, while FEU’s Jude Garcia and Richard Solis tripped Marck Espejo and Ish Polvorosa of titleholder Ateneo, 21-18, 21-17.
In other men’s morning matches, NU’s Bryan Bagunas and Fauzi Ismail defeated Adamson University’s Rence Melgar and John Philip Yude, 21-19, 21-17, while UP’s Alfred Valbuena and Wendel Miguel dropped UE’s Ruvince Abrot and Geric Ortega, 21-10, 21-17.