UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas overpowered Lyceum of the Philippines, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, to start its PVL Collegiate Conference title bid on a high note on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Imee Hernandez scored nine points off five kills, three blocks and an ace, while fellow rookie Janna Torres had eight markers.
Team captain KC Galdones had five points and six digs.
EJ Laure, back with the Tigresses after a long layoff, scored two points as UST beat Lyceum in one hour and 13 minutes.
“Para sa mga bata talaga itong liga namin. Nandoon naman yung potesyal pero talagang ide-develop pa namin through ganitong liga,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes. “Lahat ng combination nagagawa naman sa ensayo ang importante yung reaksyon kapag nasa spotlight na sila.”
UST joined College of Saint Benilde, which swept Far Eastern University on Saturday, for the early lead in Pool B.
“Hopefully, paangat ng paangat ang laro. Since first game, okay naman ang laro kahit papaano,” added Reyes.
The Tigresses played without sophomore wing spiker Ysa Jimenez, who twisted her left ankle during the warm-ups.
Scans showed no fracture but Jimenez is expected to miss most of the tournament.
The Tigresses were almost done with their free-spiking warm-ups when Jimenez slipped.
“Ang masama nito grabe ang maga so pagkadulas niyang ganun may tumunog daw,” said UST head coach KungFu Reyes. “Very unusual yung pagkakamaga ng paa so we decided na ER agad namin.”
“Initial assessment magbibilang kami ng recovery from six weeks,” Reyes added.
The Collegiate Conference will run for at least eight weeks.
Nobody scored in double figures for Lyceum with Joy Onofre leading the way with nine markers.