EJ Laure nailed the knockout blows against Ateneo, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 16-14, to send University of Santo Tomas to a first appearance in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference finals on Sunday.
as she in their do-or-die semifinals match on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan City.
With the score tied at 13 in the fifth set, the comeback Laure scored on an attack to put UST at match point only for her rookie teammate Janna Torres to commit a net touch that gave the Lady Eagles a reprieve in the do-or-die semifinal.
The returning outside spiker then gave UST back the lead, 15-14, with another clutch spike before Jaja Maraguinot and Dani Ravena scrambled for the second ball that led to an anti-climactic attack error by Ponggay Gaston.
EJ finished with an all-around game with 11 points laced with 13 digs and 10 excellent receptions while younger sister Eya erupted with 21 points off 17 kills, three aces and a block as the Tigresses completed a comeback against their UAAP Finals tormentors.
UST will face the winner of the College of Saint Benilde-Adamson do-or-die semis game in a best-of-three title series starting on Wednesday.
Besides the Laure sisters, rookies Torres and Imee Hernandez had 14 points apiece for the Tigresses while sophomore captain KC Galdones contributed nine markers. Setter Maji Mangulabnan dished out 16 excellent sets and added four markers.
UST blew a 2-1 match advantage as Faith Nisperos caught fire midway through the fourth set to enable Ateneo to force a decider.
Nisperos was limited to just two points in the fifth set after scoring 21 in the first four sets while Erika Raagas and Jules Samonte had 11 and 10 points, respectively.