UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas overcame a third set loss to turn back a gutsy National University side, 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, for its second straight win yesterday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
On a Eya Laure spike, the Tigresses were two points away from clinching a straight set victory, when the Lady Bulldogs got a lifeline behind Princess Robles’ three consecutive kills.
The energy was back in fourth set for UST which leaned on the efforts of Laure and Dimdim Pacres to break away from a 6-6 stalemate and build a 21-10 advantage from where it never looked back.
Holding on her own against high school rival Robles, Laure matched her career-high of 20 points to lead the Tigresses.
Earlier, Tin Tiamzon stepped up in her first start of the season as four-peat seeking La Salle returned to the win column with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 romp of University of the East.
“Alam namin lahat na lahat kami may pagkukulang sa game na iyon (versus UST). The next day, sabi ni coach (Ramil de Jesus), kalimutan na ang lahat. Focus tayo sa game na ito against UE so start tayo from there,” said Tiamzon.
After absorbing shock back-to-back defeats, the Lady Spikers needed this one badly, raising their record to 4-2 in a tie with the Tigresses in third spot, while sending the Lady Warriors reeling to their fifth loss in six matches. Bucking the absence of Desiree Cheng, who was due to an injured shoulder, Tiamzon delivered the goods for La Salle with 10 points and five receptions.
In the men’s division, Bryan Bagunas scored all of his 14 points from attacks while Angelo Almendras chipped in 12 markers as NU extended its winning streak to four following a 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 conquest of UST, while Cris Dumago had 17 points and 21 receptions while Billie Anima added 16 hits as La Salle outlasted UE, 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 15-13, to earn its only second win of the season.
Sisi Rondina had 16 points and 10 receptions while Pacres, on her second start since Milena Alessandrini went down with a knee injury, chipped in 10 hits and 15 digs for the Tigresses.
Robles shared the scoring mantle with fellow newcomer Ivy Lacsina with 14 points while Audrey Paran contributed 10 points and 14 digs for the Lady Bulldogs, who lost their third straight contest - and fourth overall in five starts.
Rookie Jolina dela Cruz was also solid for the Lady Spikers with 14 points, including three service aces and two blocks, and 10 digs.
Judith Abil and Zilfa Olarve each scored eight points while libero Kath Arado collected 21 digs and 10 receptions for the Lady Warriors, who gave away 26 points from errors.