Laure lifts UST past UE

‘We just have to correct the unforced errors we committed and our sluggish movement inside the court.’

UST hitter Eya Laure towers over the block of UE’s Van Bangayan during their UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball match. UST won in four sets. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UAAP

Games today:
(FilOil EcoOil Centre)
9 a.m. — La Salle vs Adamson (m)
11 a.m. — La Salle vs Adamson (w)
3 p.m. — Ateneo vs UP (w)
5 p.m. — Ateneo vs UP (m)

University of Santo Tomas recovered from a set down to repulse upset-seeking University of the East, 30-32, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

The Tigresses cleaned up the mess they made in the disastrous opening set with dominating performance in the last three frames to close the first round with three straight victories for a 5-2 win-loss record.

Veteran hitter Eya Laure was in her usual sweet-hitting self while three other UST players came up with double-figure productions. Laure collected 14 attacks, three kill blocks and an ace while actively working on floor defense with six digs to lead UST.

Rookie Regina Juarado had 13 points, while Milena Alessandrini and Imee Hernandez added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Tigresses, who played with fire in the opening set and got burned.

“We just have to correct the unforced errors we committed and our sluggish movement inside the court. We’re trying to correct that because we’re not setting the tempo of the game which we should,” UST head coach Kungfu Reyes’ observation after his team’s first set meltdown.

Reyes pulled out his starters Laure, Alessandrini and Hernandez midway through the opening set with UST ahead by a mile, 17-6. But it proved to be the Tigresses’ undoing as the Lady Warriors crawled its way back into the game and even went ahead 23-22.

Costly miscues from both sides dragged the set before KC Cepada hammered back-to-back kills to end the 35-minute frame.

UST learned its lesson well as it fielded back its starters and stuck with its main gunners to secure the win.

UE absorbed its seventh defeat in as many starts despite its valiant effort in the first set.

Ja Lana led the Lady Warriors, who threw away 36 points off errors, with 13 points, Cepada had 12 while Van Bangayan got 11.

Meanwhile, defending champion National University cruised past Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-9, 25-18, for its third straight win.

Reigning Most Valuable Player Bella Belen provided 16 points including 14 off kills to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth victory in six games.

Alyssa Solomon and Ces Robles added 14 and 12 points, respectively, as NU primed up for its end of first round showdown against its last year’s Finals victim De La Salle University on Wednesday.

The Lady Tamaraws closed their first-round campaign with a 3-4 mark.

Chenie Tagaod, who had a personal-best 23 points in a five-set win over UE last Wednesday, was limited to just six points to pace FEU.

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