UST tries to end year with a bang as it eyes win over Adamson in bid to arrest skid
EJ Laure and the other rookies are expected to make up UST's starting unit against Adamson in their UAAP women's volleyball game Saturday.

SKIDDING University of Santo Tomas wants to end the year on a bright note as it plays Adamson University in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.

The last two games of the tournament for the year starts at 2 p.m.

After an emphatic win over University of the East, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14, in the season-opener, the Tigresses lost their next three games against La Salle, 23-25, 25-27, 17-25, University of the Philippines, 24-26, 25-23, 20-25, 17-25, and defending champion Ateneo, 21-25, 13-25, 19-25, as the former UAAP queens fell all the way to seventh spot just above winless UE (0-5).

Without mentioning names, except putting an x mark beside some of his senior players’ names on the stats sheet, UST coach Odjie Mamon said he’ll teach his veterans a lesson by not fielding them in as part of the Tigresses’ first six.

Instead, Mamon said he’ll use his batch of rookies to take the place of the veterans.

“Eto yung plan ko (rookies ang first six) kaya lang I still gave them (seniors) a chance to redeem themselves (against Ateneo). Unfortunately… sa next game pwede, pwede na rookies na ang first six,” he said.

EJ Laure along with other freshmen Mary Pacres, Cherry Rondina, Alyssa Alterado, and setter Sarah Verutiao will try to hold the fort for the embattled Tigresses against an Adamson side seeking to book a third straight win.  

The Lady Falcons won their last two outings against Far Eastern University and University of the East after starting the season at 0-2.

Adamson will again rely on Mylene Paat, Jessica Galanza, and Amanda Villanueva.

National University (2-2) and FEU (2-3) square off in the second game at 4p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs will be gunning for their third straight victory behind Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo, Rizza Mandapat, and Jorelle Singh.

But NU mentor Ariel dela Cruz expects a tough fight coming from Bernadeth Pons, Remy Palma, and Charlemagne Simborio of FEU as the Lady Tams try to recover from back-to-back losses.

“Alam mo naman ang FEU babalik at babalik ‘yan, mag-e-expect kami ng magandang laban sa FEU,” he said.

Games will resume on January 4 next year.


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