UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas salvaged some pride as it ended a disappointing season with a 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Adamson University on Saturday in the 76th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pam Lastimosa poured in 18 points from 13 spikes and five blocks for UST, which bowed out of the tournament with a 5-9 win-loss record.
The third year spiker from Cagayan de Oro sprained her left ankle late in the second set but returned in the third.
Mela Tunay also came up with 17 markers and rookie Ria Meneses chipped in 11 for the Tigresses.
But for UST coach Odjie Mamon, their season was a forgettable one as they missed the semifinals for the second straight year.
Mamon did not try to hide his disappoinment with the UAAP result after a promising preseason where they won the title in the Unigames.
"Forgettable," said Mamon. "Disappointing season ito, na-frustrate kami. Ang problem is 'yung timing sa pag-peak 'di kami nakabawi after ng Unigames."
"Masaya kasi we ended the season with a win," he said. "Sabi ko lang naman sa kanila gawin natin ang tama, 'yung energy sa game. They played loose kaya maganda-ganda ang resulta."
UST defended the net well, coming up with 19 blocks against six of Adamson.
Bhebs Pineda came up with 21 points for the Lady Falcons, while Mayeth Zapanta and Amanda Villanueva added 13 and 11, respectively.
Adamson is on the brink of missing the semifinals as it holds a 6-8 win-loss card behind Far Eastern University (6-7).
FEU will face third-seeded Ateneo (9-4) on Sunday and a Lady Tamaraws win will send the Lady Falcons to an early vacation.