Pocari denies UST in VLeague
The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses failed to cap their elimination round campaign on a high note as they faltered to the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 at the 13th Shakey’s Vleague Reinforced conference on Wednesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
Lady Warrior’s guest player Breanna Mackie unloaded 27 points while Myla Pablo added another 16 markers.
The Tigresses were down five points late in the second set, 19-14, before Ria Meneses sparked a 6-1 blitz to tie the set at 20. Mackie would prevent UST’s late comeback with an off the block kill and a cross court attack to end the set 25-23.
UST would then comeback in the third after an 8-1 blitz late in the set, 25-22. But Pablo’s fourth set surge kept the Espana-based spikers at bay and prevented a fifth and deciding set.
UST head coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes said that he was expecting a tough game for the Tigresses who just came back from the Philippine University Games held at the Siliman University in Dumaguete City.
“Eto na yung inexpect ko mangyari, hindi naman as an excuse, pero isa sa malaking factor bakit ganito ineexpect kong laro,” Reyes said. “Thankful ako despite na mabigat yung katawan nahatak namin yung third set. Supposed to be nga seond set sa amin kaya lang lumusot, siguro baka nagiba ng timpla.”
With the lost, the Tigresses relinquish their top spot to the Lady Warriors at the same time falling down to fourth, behind the Bali Pure Purest Defenders and the Bureau of Customs lady Transforming.
All teams are holding a 5-2 win-loss record after the elimination round of the tournament.
Once again facing Pocari in the best of three semi-finals starting Saturday, Nov. 5, Reyes hopes for a different outcome.
“Kailangan lang namin makaensayo lang uli, (maesanyo) lang uli yung katawan. Halos araw araw kasi tayong puyatan sa Unigames,” he ended.