UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas routed Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-12, 25-13, 25-10, to start its 2018 Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam bid on a high note on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Tigresses, featuring 11 rookies, needed only 57 minutes to stop the the CSA-Biñan Eagles, who are making their first appearance in the PSL.
Rookie Eya Laure and mainstays Caitlin Viray and Milena Alessandrini led the way with eight points each, while skipper Tin Francisco and freshman Ysa Jimenez had seven hits apiece.
“Magandang simula kasi siyempre panalo. Yung play-all kasi maganda para maexperience ng lahat ng players yung ambience at yung laro,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes, referring to the play-all rule requiring teams to field the second stringers in the second set.
Reyes said the tournament should help CSA-Biñan improve.
“Makikita mo kung ano yung level ng player na talagang based sa Manila na liga. Unang una factor yung height mas malaki kami sa kanila, yung skills lumalamang talaga,” he said.
“Maganda naman on the other side nakikita nila kung ano yung level meron dito sa atin sa Manila. Yun naman yung aim kaya para good avenue para sa mga ganitong occasion na maramdaman din ng mga kalapit probinsiya natin yung na maglevel up din ng skills and yung exposure na maganda.”
UST dominated CSA-Biñan in all departments, with a 38-18 disparity in attacking, 12-0 differential from the service line and 6-1 edge in blocking.
The Tigresses gun for their second win against UAAP rivals Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on Nov. 17 at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Nobody scored in double figures for the Eagles. Lency Duarte and Erika Rivera were the top scorers with four points each.
CSA-Biñan battles opening-day winner University of the Philippines, which took down University of the East earlier, next week at Alonte Sports Arena.