Sunday, March 19, 2017
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A ferocious Cherry Rondina (right) of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses slams past the defensive of Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws’ Toni Basas during their UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament match. VOLLEYBALL PH
MANILA – The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses got back to winning form in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament with a 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win over the Adamson University Lady Falcons on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.
Cherry Rondina led the way with 18 points, on 15 attacks, two blocks and a service ace, for the Golden Tigresses, which moved up to solo third place in the standings with a 6-4 win-loss slate.
Ennajie Laure added 14 points, including 12 attacks, while Marivic Meneses and Pamela Lastimosa had 11 points each for the Golden Tigresses, which bounced back from a 25-10, 26-24, 28-26 loss to the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Wednesday.
The Golden Tigresses went for a quick 16-6 start on hits by Rondina, Laure and Lastimosa. The Golden Tigresses’ lead grew further late in the opening set as the Lady Falcons continued to commit errors.
From a slow start in the second set, the Golden Tigresses made a run to snatch a slim 16-15 lead before uncorking a 9-3 finishing run behind Rondina, Meneses and Lastimosa to build a 2-0 set lead.
After losing the third set, the Golden Tigresses bounced back in the fourth as it built a commanding 24-15 lead on a hit by Laure. The Lady Falcons countered to come to within 24-19 before the Golden Tigresses ended it with a Rondina hit.
“Kahit hindi namin sabihin makikita mo na may complacency,” said Golden Tigresses mentor Emilio Reyes on their third set loss. “Kailangan pa naming magtrabaho para maabot ang goal namin.”
Jessica Galanza top-scored with 16 points, while Joy Dacoron added 11 markers for the Lady Falcons, which slipped further to last place in the standings with a 0-10 win-loss slate./PN