UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas survived the brilliant game of Thai player Jeng Bualee to cruise in the quarterfinals of the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference with a 19-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-22, victory over San Sebastian Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
Maika Ortiz came up with 18 points and led three other Tigresses in double figures.
Carmela Tunay contributed 17, guest player Aiza Maizo with 14, while Pamela Lastimosa had 10.
“Ang key to victory namin ay 'yung strong serve at effective floor defense namin,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon, whose team joins Group A member and reigning champion Ateneo (3-0) in the next round.
UST has now won two in-a-row for a 2-1 (win-loss) record.
The second straight loss by the winless Lady Stags (0-2) put to naught the monster game of Jeng Bualee, who tallied 38 points.
Her output almost eclipsed the league record of 40 points she herself registered last year also against UST.
Suzanne Roces added 14 for San Sebastian.
The Tigresses and Lady Stags had eight service aces each, but the Espana-based squad had 14 blocks to the four of San Sebastian.
After a slow start that saw them yield the opening set, the Tigresses got their acts together and swept the next two, but were given a late game scare by the Lady Stags in the fourth set.
The Recto-based spikers took control early in the final set, 7-0, but failed to sustain the run as the Tigresses caught up with them at 15-all.
The game was still tied at 22-22 until UST scored the next three points, capped by a Jessey de Leon service ace, to clinch the win.