UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas downed Adamson University, 24-26, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17, on Sunday to level the best-of-three battle for third place in the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference at the MOA Arena.
Guest player Aiza Maizo produced 19 points for the Tigresses, who got ahead by quotient in two matches and was set to take the third place trophy had Ateneo completed a sweep of NU in the title series.
Adamson won Game One of the series, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12, on Thursday.
Most Improved Player Pam Lastimosa scored 17 for UST, Jessey de Leon contributed 14 and Maika Ortiz
"Ang binago namin ngayon is ma-lessen yung errors," said UST coach Odjie Mamon. "Kasi sa end game errors kami natatalo eh."
The Tigresses actually had the same number of errors in Game One, registering a total of 27. But UST did limit their miscues in the closing stages of the match, with only two errors in the latter half of the third set and one in the final stretch of the fourth.
After a sluggish start, the España-based squad rallied to take control, pouring in seven straight points capped by three straight by De Leon to lead by 23-17 in the second.
From a tied contest in the fourth, 10-all, UST came up with a 13-6 run for a 23-15 lead en route to win the match, which lasted one hour and 55 minutes in front of a crowd of 8,000.
UST chalked up 15 block points against Adamson's seven and registered seven service aces compared to the Lady Falcon's three. The Tigresses had a total of 37 excellent sets, 36 by guest player Rhea Dimaculangan.
Skipper Pau Soriano made 16 points for Adamson, while guest player Angela Benting had 12 markers and Faye Guevarra finished with 10.