INGRID Reyes and Maika Ortiz came up huge down the stretch to help University of Santo Tomas edge Adamson University in five sets on Sunday and secure at least a playoff for a semifinal spot in the in the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference at the Arena in San Juan.
Reyes' back-to-back off the block attacks gave the Tigresses a 10-6 cushion in the deciding set.
With the score at 12-7, Ortiz scored three consecutive running spikes to seal the win, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 15-7.
The Tigresses now have a 2-0 win-loss record in the quarterfinals, counting its victory over San
Sebastian College in the elimination round. Teams’ wins and losses against groupmates in the eliminations are carried over to the quarterfinals. The Tigresses need one more win to secure a spot in the last four.
UST coach Odjie Mamon made light of the Tigresses’ near-collapse after leading by two sets, pointing the finger at himself for failing to manage his rotation.
"Kay Gi ang instructions (ko) sa kanya pasayahin ang mga spikers," said UST coach Odjie Mamon. "Kasi noong fourth set, sa end part, na medyo nakasimangot na yung mga players."
"Noong third set, nadelay kasi may clarification yung Adamson nawala na sa focus yung mga players di na kami nakabangon lalo pa di ko na control yung substitution late na nakabalik yung dalawa seniors si
Rhea (Dimaculangan) at Aiza (Maizo) too late na," explained Mamon.
Adamson scored five straight points to snatch the lead, 6-3, in went on to take the third set.
The Lady Falcons recovered from a 5-9 deficit and went on a 9-2 run, as team captain Pau Soriano poured in three points to take the driver's seat, 14-11, to extend the match.
Ortiz produced 17 points for UST, while Maizo added 15 and Pamela Lastimosa and Carmela Tunay had 14 and 10, respectively.
Soriano had a game-high 25 points, Bhebs Pineda had 12, while guest Player Angela Benting and Faye Guevarra each had 10.
The Lady Falcons, who now have a 2-1 win-loss card, hope San Sebastian (0-2) wins against Perpetual Help (0-1) to advance to the semis.
Adamson came up with 10 blocks against UST's six and scored nine service aces compared to the Tigresses' four, but had more errors 34 to 29.