UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas started the year on a bright note as it bested University of the East, 26-24, 25-21, 25-23, in the 75th UAAP season women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.
The Tigresses twice came back, rallying to overcome a 13-16 deficit with a 12-4 run to take the second set and falling 14-20 in the third before unleashing a 10-3 run to win the match.
“At least mentally tough sila, kahit malaki ang lamang ng kalaban, they were able to claw their way out of the situation,” said Tigresses coach Odjie Mamon.
The Tigresses moved to fourth spot with a 3-2 win-loss record as Maika Ortiz and team captain Judy Ann Caballejo had 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The Tigresses were without senior Maru Banaticla, who was hospitalized on Friday due to dehydration, but Mamon is hoping his veteran spiker would be back in action on Wednesday against Adamson.
Sarina Bulan led the Lady Warriors with 13 points, while Shiesa Nebrida added 12 for UE, which is still winless in five outings.
In the other match, National University beat Far Eastern University, 25-11, 25-17, 28-26.
Myla Pablo delivered the goods for the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, while team captain Dindin Santiago added 14 and Aiko Urdas came up with 11. NU evened its win-loss record at 3-3 for fifth place.
Marie Toni Basas finished with nine points for FEU, which absorbed its fourth loss in five games and occupies seventh spot.
The Lady Tams played their first game with new coach Kid Santos. Nes Pamilar coached the FEU squad for six years before being replaced on Dec. 28.