UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas and Adamson face each other off to start their campaign in the second round of elimination in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.
The Tigresses and the Lady Falcons square off in the main game at 4p.m.
The Tigresses snapped their five-game losing streak with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-23 win over Far Eastern University to improve their record at 2-5 for seventh spot before the league took a week-long break to give way to Pope Francis’ visit in the country.
The Espana-based spikers got the needed spark from energetic rookie Cherry Rondina, while veterans Pam Lastimosa, Mela Tunay and sophomore Ria Meneses finally showed their true form in helping the team get back in winning form.
The freshman from Cebu had her best game of the season with 16 points, while Lastimosa, niece of PBA great Jojo Lastimosa, added 17.
Tunay chipped in 15 and Meneses, niece of former PBA Most Valuable Player Vergel Meneses, made 11.
Rondina and Co. are expected to get resistance from Adamson’s Jessica Galanza, who had a career-high 24 points in the Lady Falcons’ previous match, Mary Dacoron, and Amanda Villanueva, who added 19 and 15 markers, respectively.
The Lady Falcons, currently tied with FEU at fifth spot with a 3-4 slate, are aiming to put a stop to their skid after losing back-to-back games.
Adamson’s last victory came at the expense of UST in early December last year.
Meanwhile, FEU and winless University of the East tangle in the first game at 2p.m.
The Lady Tamaraws hope to bounce back from huge loss against De La Salle the last time.