UST Tigresses grow in confidence, wallop UE Lady Warriors for second win in row
Skipper EJ Laure led the way for the Tigresses. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas shook off a sluggish start to turn back University of the East, 25-17, 25-23, 25-16, in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Tigresses, riding the momentum of an upset win over La Salle on Wednesday, swept their season series with UE to improve to 4-4 (win-loss) after booking their second back-to-back victories of the campaign.

UST trailed in the second set, 9-14, before mounting a comeback that saw the Tigresses tie it at 21-all. The third set was a breeze as the Tigresses never looked back after taking a 16-7 lead.

Skipper EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina shared the scoring load as they combined for 25 points for UST.

But UST coach Kungfu Reyes was not pleased to see his players become complacent at the start of the match, giving UE a chance to take control.

“’Yun nga ang isang problema, (feeling nasa) cloud nine. Sabi ko (sa players), ‘Anong karapatan natin mapunta sa cloud nine, tignan niyo nga ang standing natin?' So ‘yun ang ine-emphasize ko sa kanila,” said Reyes.

“’Ok nanalo tayo ng isang laro pero nasa bottom three pa tayo, pakigising (ang mga sarili niyo),’” he added. “Ganoon kami sa training, hindi namin hinahayaan na (mag-kumpyansa sila).”

Shaya Adorador finished with nine points for UE, which remained winless in 53 games dating back to Season 74.

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