University of Santo Tomas (UST) shocked De La Salle University, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21, to earn its third win on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Skipper EJ Laure fired 13 points and high-leaping Cherry Ann Rondina added 11 markers as the Tigresses improved to 3-4.
Reserve setter Alyssa Teope also made an impact as she produced 15 excellent sets and a couple of aces.
“Iniisip ko lang kung paano idi-distribute ‘yung bola ng maayos, ‘yung hindi mahihirapan yung mga spikers ko especially kapag pangit ang receive, kailangan ng adjustment para mapaganda ‘yung play,” said the 5-foot-10 Teope.
La Salle suffered its second loss but stayed in the second place with 5-2 behind defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (6-1).
Former Most Valuable Player Ara Galang led all scorers with 15 points while Mary Joy Baron chipped in 10 for the Lady Spikers, who committed 29 unforced errors.
Earlier, University of the Philippines (UP) posted an easy 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 win over National University (NU) to finish the first round of eliminations on a bright note.
Open hitters Nicole Tiamzon and Isa Molde scored 13 each while rookie Diana Carlos contributed 12 as the Lady Maroons grabbed the No. 3 spot with a 4-3 record.
“We just played happy inside the court. It’s a big boost for us going into the second round. It will lift our confidence level,” said Molde.
UP dominated the attack line, converting 44 hits compared to NU’s 34.
The Lady Maroons also nailed eight aces and seven block points.
Jorelle Singh was the only bright spot for NU with 16 markers as top hitters Myla Pablo and Jaja Santiago were limited to a season-low seven combined points.
The Lady Bulldogs dropped to fifth place with 3-4.
In the men’s division, Far Eastern University (FEU) nipped NU, 25-19, 22-25, 26-24, 25-20, and UST clobbered La Salle, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19.
The Tamaraws grabbed the solo third with 5-2 while the Bulldogs fell to fourth with 4-3, the Growling improved to 2-5 for sixth and the Green Spikers ended up seventh with 1-6.