UST recovers, sinks Adamson

University of Santo Tomas (UST) recovered from being down two sets to pull off a 24-26, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-12 victory over Adamson University at the Mall of Asia Arena Thursday, 26 May.,Skipper Eya Laure stepped up in the crucial 3rd stretch to lead the Tigresses to their sixth win in eight games in the final stage of the second round of the Season 84 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament.,Laure fired 17 of her 21 points from attacks to complement her 13 excellent receptions for UST, while Camille Victoria contributed 16 markers and Ysa Jimenez helped in the scoring cudgels with 13 points.,Janel Delerio manned the floor with 11 excellent digs and 11 excellent receptions while Bernadette Pepito got 12 excellent digs for the Tigresses, who also prevailed in their first-round encounter with Lady Falcons on 17 May in a thrilling five-set fashion.,“We won in a hard way, but the bottom line is that a win is still a win regardless of how many sets it took,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes, who heaved a sigh of relief when Kate Santiago committed an attack error in the crucial stretch of the fifth set.,Laure went for the jugular with a block on May Ann Nuique before Kecelyn Galdones dropped an ace to seal the victory.,“We never gave up. The game doesn’t end in two sets but hands up to Adamson since they were hard to face against. We can’t be complacent otherwise we will be eaten alive.”,Trisha Genesis delivered 23 points on 18 attacks, four blocks, and an ace while Santiago and Nuique added 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Lady Falcons, who tasked Lucille Almonte to man the backline defense.,In the second game, the University of the Philippines (UP) snapped its four-game losing streak following a 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 victory over the University of the East (UE).,Alyssa Bertolano fired 14 points with eight excellent digs while Niña Ytang provided the spark with 13 points on 11 attacks and two aces laced with four excellent receptions for the Lady Maroons, who are now tied with the Lady Falcons with a 4-4 win-loss mark.,Jewel Encarnacion added 10 points while Marianne Sotomil tossed out 16 excellent sets and scored two points to underscore UP’s balanced offensive assault.,“It’s been a while since we won. Like I said before, like any other team, we struggle, we have to find our rhythm. We want to win, we want to win more games and that’s what we are doing,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu, whose last win was on 10 May via a 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 triumph over UST.,“The last couple of games yes, we didn’t play well. I hope that from now on we’ll continue fighting for better results just like today,” he added after the match that lasted for one hour and 32 minutes.