UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas put on an inspired performance while La Salle looked uncharacteristically disjointed as the Tigresses defeated the Lady Spikers, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, on Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Playing for the first time since Fil-Italian hitter Milena Alessandrini went down with a knee injury, the Tigresses came up with a solid game to get back on track and post their third win in five matches.
La Salle couldn’t get things going, and the team eyeing a fourth straight title slipped to a 3-2 record, suffering a second straight loss after bowing to University of the Philippines.
Idle Ateneo and UP now share the lead at 3-1, while the Lady Archers slipped to joint third with Far Eastern University and UST.
It was La Salle’s first back-to-back losses since the Season 77 finals when it was swept by the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo, and the Lady Spikers’ first three-set defeat since losing to UP in Season 79 eliminations.
Sisi Rondina dropped 19 points off 17 kills and a pair of blocks to go with 14 excellent receptions, while Eya Laure delivered 15 hits and made 17 digs.
Dimdim Pacres, back in the starting six, had eight points and 13 digs, rookie KC Galdones added seven markers, while setter MaFe Galanza made 21 excellent sets.
“Maganda ang gising ng mga player. Big win, big win para sa akin. Dedicated ang laban para kay Amiga (Alessandrini),” said UST head coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Nawala si Milena pero we have thirteen strong women na haharap kung sino man ang magiging kalaban. Luckily nag-deliver naman halos lahat ng ginamit, nag-contribute.”
UST takes on National University (1-3) on Saturday.
The Tigresses dominated the Lady Spikers, with a 41-28 disparity in the two-hours and 21-minute match.
Nobody scored in double figures for La Salle, with Jolina Dela Cruz, Aduke Ogunsanya and Norielle Ipac coming up with eight points each.
Desiree Cheng added seven points for La Salle, which tries to recover against UE (1-4) also on Saturday.