PAM Lastimosa and Carmela Tunay rejoined the UST indoor squad less than 24 hours after seeing action in a beach volleyball tournament in Boracay, helping the Tigresses score a 25-19, 25-22, 25-19 victory over UAAP champion Ateneo on Sunday in the V-League First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The duo struggled under the sun and did not make it deep in the Boracay meet, and instead of staying for some rest and relaxation on the beach, took a flight to Manila at dawn on Sunday. The sacrifice paid off as they helped the Tigresses secure at least a playoff for a semifinal berth.
Lastimosa scored 13 points while Tunay came up with seven for UST, which improved to 2-0 in the quarterfinals in Group I.
“Tumaas ang morale ng mga bata noong dumating ’yung dalawa,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon. “Ayaw daw kasi nila maglaro ng kulang at least no excuses daw (in case matalo)."
Rookie sensation EJ Laure led all scorers with 16 points, while Ria Meneses had 10.
After a close second set, the Tigresses started the third set with a 10-1 run and cruised to victory.
“Noong second set naging frustrated sila kaya ni-remind ko lang sila na magbigay ng effort, buti nag-loosen up sila at na-carry naman nila hanggang third set,” said Mamon.
“Undermanned din kasi 'yung Ateneo, kami naman wala kami ine-expect and nag-enjoy lang kami,” he added.
Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro finished with 11 markers each for Ateneo, which was without Ella De Jesus, Marge Tajada and Denden Lazaro.
The Lady Eagles dropped to 1-2 and their chances of advancing will now depend on the results of their groupmates.