AFTER a sweet victory from their game against the De La Salle University Lady Spikers last Sunday, the Tigresses have tasted their first defeat against the Lady Bulldogs. The Tigresses were owned 3-1 sets, 16-25, 23-25, 25-23, 13-25, at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Bulldogs cushioned themselves with two sets, forcing the Tigresses to win the next set in order to extend the game to a fifth and final set. But due to the adamant defense and relentless offense executed by the Lady Bulldogs, the Tigresses were pulverized in the fourth set with a lead that extended to as much as 13 points.
UST’s lead scorer, Pamela Lastimosa, amassed a total of 12 points, while Judy Ann Caballejo was narrowed down to just 10 markers compared to the 24 points against DLSU.
As much as the Tigresses tried, they just couldn’t stop the Lady Bulldogs’ attacks especially in the fourth set. With the combination of NU’s service aces and blocks, they were able to attain a 10-point lead, and from thereon, the lead was never surpassed by UST, which delivered as the finishing blow, 13-25 in the fourth set.
Aleona ‘Dindin’ Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs to victory garnering 24 points, wherein 18 of them were attacking markers which often sent Tigress defense crumbling. Backing her up was Myla Pablo with 18 markers in which 17 of them are also attacking markers. The Golden Tigresses now have the same record with NU, 1-1, after dropping its first game with Adamson last Sunday.
UST Tigresses will face off with the ADMU Lady Eagles this Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.
By Josiah Darren G. Saynes
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara