UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas came out on top in a see-saw battle against Adamson University, pulling off a thrilling 25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13 victory on Wednesday in the 75th UAAP women's volleyball at the Arena in San Juan.
Shiela Pineda scored five straight points to help the Lady Falcons take a 9-6 lead in the final set, but the Tigresses fought back and tied the match at 10 with Maika Ortiz coming up with back-to-back blocks.
Carmela Tunay then led the Tigresses in the final stretch to score their third straight win. UST moved to third spot with a 4-2 win-loss record.
Ateneo leads with a 6-0 mark followed by La Salle with a 5-1 record.
"Mentally ayaw nila magkamali. So, the more na naiisip nila yun mas magkakamali sila," said UST coach Odjie Mamon.
"Must win ang game na ito. Kailangan namin mag-stock ng panalo. Pahirapan kasi pag nasa three or four spot," he said.
Team Captain Judy Ann Caballejo, Ortiz and Pamela Lastimosa led the Tigresses with 15 points apiece, while Tunay added 11.
Pau Soriano finished with 25 markers and Pineda chipped in 16 for Adamson, which slid to fourth spot at 3-2.
Earlier, Far Eastern University snapped its three-game skid as it dominated University of the East, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15.
Wenneth Eulalio finished with 15 points, 11 on attacks and three on service aces, while Rosemarie Vargas chipped in 10 for FEU, which now holds a 2-4 win-loss card.
The Lady Tams came up with seven blocks against UE’s two.
“Kailangan pa ng depensang maayos,” said FEU coach Kid Santos. “Kapag hindi kami dumepensa, maiiwan kami ng mas malaki.”
“Kailangan namin ng bilis, dapat ma-compensate namin ang laki ng kalaban,” he added.
Team captain Leuseht Dawis scored eight points for the Lady Warriors, who are still winless in six games.