DE La Salle University avenged its lone loss of the season by turning back University of Santo Tomas, 30-28, 25-15, 25-19, for its eighth straight win in the 75th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan Saturday.
The defending champions broke free from a tied 16-all contest in the third set after scoring four straight points, including an Ara Galang service ace to finally take control, 20-16.
The Tigresses cut the deficit to two after a Pam Lastimosa hit and Maru Banaticla service ace, but committed a service and attack errors which the Lady Spikers turned into outright points. La Salle behind Jeushi Wench Tiu, then sealed the victory by scoring three consecutive points.
Galang finished with an all-around performance of 14 spikes, four block points, and two service aces for DLSU, while Abigail Maraño added 12, from four spikes, seven blocks and one service ace. The Taft-based tossers remained on top with an 8-1 win-loss card as they finally avenged their earlier loss to the Tigresses.
"Isa siya sa mga ini-expect ko na gagalaw," said De La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus of his sophomore stalwart.
"Di na takot umatake players ko ngayon, may attack kami, may blocks, halos kumpleto. Lumusot man bola ng UST pero nakakadepensa kami," added de Jesus.
Although it gave up 15 service errors, DLSU recovered lost grounds with 15 block points. Carmela Tunay scored nine points for the ailing Golden Tigresses who slid to sixth place with a 5-4 win-loss card.
Far Eastern University earlier downed University of the Philippines, 25-8, 25-12, 25-12, to stretch its winning streak to five.
Rosemarie Vargas came up with 12 points for the Lady Tams, while Marie Toni Basas and Wenneth Eulalio had 11, respectively.
FEU improved to fourth spot with a 6-4 card. The Lady Tamaraws won on all scoring department, dominating with 39 attacks against the 15 of the Lady Maroons.
The Morayta-based spikers also registered four block points while the Lady Maroons only had one. FEU also had more service aces, 9-0. “Pinabilis ko `yung laro at galaw ng mga bata. Ayoko ng mabagal (na laro,” said FEU coach Kid Santos.
Jay Aliyah Ong had five points for UP, which fell to 1-8.