UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas earned an outright semifinal spot but was made to work hard by Perpetual Help in a thrilling five-setter on Thursday in the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Maika Ortiz and Carmela Tunay came up with four and three points, respectively, in the final frame as the Tigresses eliminated the Lady Altas, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11.
UST advance to the last four after registering a 3-0 mark in the quarterfinals.
"We had a slow start kasi nalamigan daw sila (players)," said UST coach Odjie Mamon. "Pero siguro nag set in na rin yung fatigue, hindi rin 100 percent sina Carmela at Aiza. Si Aiza missed out last Tuesday's practice buti hindi nag full blown 'yung flu."
UST took the lead in the fifth set, 5-0, but Perpetual managed to close in, 4-6, with three of its points coming from the Tigresses' errors.
Pamela Lastimosa scored on back-to-back spikes to stretch the gap, 9-5, and the España-based squad completed the win in one hour and 55 minutes.
Ortiz led all scorers with 23 points, Maizo registered 12, Jesse de Leon chipped in 11, while Tunay and Lastimosa had 10 markers each.
Adamson advanced with a 2-1 quarterfinal record, while Perpetual (1-2) bowed out of the tournament.
National University and defending champion Ateneo are the other semifinalists.
Guest player Joy Cases finished with 17 points for UPH, while Honey Tubino, Sandra delos Santos and April Anne Sartin contributed 16, 14 and 13 markers, apiece.