UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas preserved its unbeaten record and sent Adamson University to its second straight defeat, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22, on Saturday, taking the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the Arena in San Juan City.
Joshua Umandal unloaded 23 points off 19 kills, three service aces and a block to frustrate Adamson Falcons and carry the Tiger Spikers on top of the standings with a 5-0 win-loss record.
Manuel Medina chipped in 10 hits including 18 excellent receptions, Tyrone Carodan scored nine and Jayvee Sumagaysay added eight.
Setter Timothy Tajanlangit had 28 excellent sets on top of two points, while libero Lester Sawalhad 18 excellent receptions and seven digs.
The Tiger Spikers had 31 errors but dominated in spiking with a 48-28 attack differential over the Falcons.
UST will be eyeing its sixth straight win against San Beda University (2-2) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Skipper Paolo Pablico led Adamson with 11 points.
The Falcons, whose four-game unbeaten run was halted by FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, suffered their second straight loss, dropping to No. 3 spot with a 4-2 card.
Adamson tries to recover against another undefeated UAAP rival, National University (4-0) on Saturday next week at 9 a.m.