SISTERS Eya and EJ Laure delivered the goods as University of Santo Tomas dominated Far Eastern University, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18, in UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
After a frustrating five-set meltdown against National University last Wednesday, the Tigresses finally bared their fangs as the Laure sisters formed a formidable one-two punch at the net.
Last year’s top rookie Eya showed the way for UST with 16 points built on 12 attacks, three blocks and an ace while her elder sister, EJ, finished with 12 points off 10 attacks and a pair of aces.
UST improved to a 1-1 win-loss record and forged a four-way tie for third place with FEU, University of the Philippines and Ateneo.
“Medyo gumanda yung gising namin today. Luckily, nagkaroon kami ng maganda executions,” said UST head coach KungFu Reyes. “Maganda yung service namin and execution ng plays, although may mga lapses pa rin kami na di maiiwasan pero naicorrect naman namin. Naging team effort yung nilaro namin today.”
Eya also provided tremendous floor defense with 14 digs and eight excellent receptions. Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez added nine and seven points, respectively.
Team captain Alina Bicar had 16 excellent sets and nine digs as UST dominated FEU in attacking, 45-26, and she outplayed opposing setter Gel Cayuna, who only had eight excellent sets out of 76 tries.
No one from the Lady Tamaraws scored in double figures with Jeanette Villareal and Cza Carandang putting up seven markers apiece in their first loss.