UST junior Tiger Spikers escape NU
The UST Junior Tiger Spikers pulled off a shocker versus NU Junior Bullpups.
The University of Santo Tomas Junior Tiger Spikers earned a hardly-fought victory against the pesky National University Junior Bullpups, 25-22, 11-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13, in the Game 2 of UAAP Season 79 boys’ volleyball tournament, Sunday, at the Adamson Gym in Manila.
Despite being down at 1-2 in the first three sets, UST were able to bounce back in a dominating fashion as Teo De Guzman tightened their net defense with three consecutive offensive blocks and sparked a 6-0 run, 23-12. Back-to-back error from the Bullpups sealed the equalizer, 25-15.
The Espana-based volleybelles finally sealed the deal in an intense fifth set with a crosscourt kill.
UST Assistant Coach Rommel Abella commended UST’s effort during the last two sets. “Sabi ko sa kanila noong fourth set na relax, hindi tayo nape-pressure dapat kasi we are the challenger. Yung mga players natin nagrelax, at yung resiliency nila nagshow sa fourth and fifth set.”
Lorenz Señeron led the team in scoring with 21 points, followed by Rey De Vega’s 16 points and De Guzman’s 11 points.
Señeron won the best Opposite Spiker, while De Vega was awarded as Best Server and Jaron Requinton received the Second Best Middle Blocker plum.
The hopes for UST Junior Tiger Spikers to finally bring the crown to España will be tested on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the same venue.