UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) cruised to its second victory in a row after sweeping University of Perpetual Help in straight sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-11, in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Collegiate Conference men’s division on Wednesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
The Tiger Spikers sent the NCAA Champions to their second straight defeat in just 67 minutes and forced a triple tie on top of the standings with a clean 2-0 win-loss record, joining earlier winners NU Bulldogs and Adamson Falcons.
Joshua Umandal led the charge for UST as he scattered 13 kills and three service aces for 16 points, while setter Timothy Tajanlangit made 20 excellent sets on top of four hits.
Genesis Redido, a rookie from Los Baños, finished with nine points, while seniors Tyrone Carodan and Manuel Medina added eight markers.
“Namuhunan kami sa serving kasi we know na ‘yung kalaban may mga combination plays,” said UST Head Coach Odjie Mamon referring to their six service aces over Perpetual Help, which only had two aces.
UST convincingly took the first two sets and pulled away in the third set with a blistering 10-0 start and never looked back with a 14-point marin.
Mamon and his Tiger Spikers will be eyeing their third win against De La Salle on Sunday.
“Mahaba pa pero hangga’t nananalo, sana more wins pa sana para tumaas ang confidence going to UAAP and Uni Games,” Mamon said. “Nagbu-build pa ng confidence kaso late kami nagstart ng training sa physical conditioning pero this tournament naman is for more exposure para sa mga bago. We’re playing without pressure kasi.”
Esmail Kasim was the lone bright spot for Perpetual Help, finishing with 10 points including five digs in their loss, where the team committed 23 errors.
The Altas will try to recover from a 0-2 hole against FEU Tamaraws on Saturday.