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Golden Spikers survive Green Spikers in UAAP debut

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Spikers escaped the De La Salle Green Spikers in a five-set thriller, 25-21, 25-16, 15-25, 23-25, 16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

UST was on its way to a perfect finish as it lead 2-0 in sets, but La Salle made them work for the victory.

After a lopsided third set which La Salle bagged, the Green Spikers forced a deciding set after a grueling fourth set which saw the teams exchange points in the end.

“Nag adjust sila at nahirapan kami sa mga errors namin kaya nakabalik din agad La Salle,” Joshua Umandal said.

It was an intense fifth set as UST scored four unanswered points to a 7-3 lead midway through the set.

La Salle then scrapped for every point until they tied the score, 14-all.

UST then scored two straight points with the match point being an attack error of La Salle, 16-14.

Five players scored in double digits lead by rookie Umandal with 21 points.

Captain Timothy Tajanlangit finished with 34 excellent sets.

UST’s next game will be against the University of the East on Wednesday, Feb 11, at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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Tiger Cubs settle for third, falter vs NU

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs took home the bronze medal after running out of fuel against the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups, 72-91, in the stepladder semifinals round of UAAP Season 80 junior’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena Tuesday.

Jules Anunciacion and Rayjhun Baquial buried back-to-back baskets in the final period for UST to cut the lead by 11, 58-69, but NU sparked a 19-8 run giving them their biggest lead by 22 points, 88-66.

UST were able to score six points in the crucial period, but NU scored three more points to finally close out the game, 72-91.

“Sobrang pagod na rin ng mga bata, kasi halos wala na rin kaming pahinga after noong FEU game namin noong eliminations,” Tiger Cubs head coach Chris Cantonjos explained. “Kung nabigyan lang din sana kami ng at least one-day off, I think na-sustain namin (yung NU).”

Despite the team’s failure to force the series into a do-or-die duel, Cantonjos praised his players for exceeding his expectation for the team.

“Thankful ako sa mga players kasi sabi ko noong una walang naniniwala na makakaakyat kami dito (sa Final 4),” he said.

Baquial and Villapando led UST with 16 points apiece while John Cansino finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. NU’s Terrence Fortea and Miguel Ocsea tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Box Scores:

UST (72) – Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 2, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.

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NU (91) – Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillionar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca, 8, Gonzales, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felisilda 0.

Quarter scores: 17-21, 31-45, 51-67, 72-91.

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Golden Tigresses foil Adamson Lady Falcons

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses crushed the Adamson Lady Falcons in three sets, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

UST made quick work with a three-setter win versus Adamson, starting strong with a 25-9 first set win over the Lady Falcons.

Adamson adjusted in the second set leading by three points, 24-21, but UST responded with three straight points to tie the set at 24 apiece.

The teams went back and forth combining for six set points with the last deadlock at 29-all before UST clawed two straight points to claim the set, 31-29.

UST proved to be too much for the Lady Falcons and sealed the game after winning the final set, 25-19.

“Eto talaga yung mukha ni UST. Ang ganda ng response ng mga players,” UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes Jr. stated.

Sisi Rondina lead the way for the Tigresses with 22 points while Dimdim Pacres added 13 points.

“Team effort pa din and wag nating payagan na ganun ‘yung pinagsasabi ng iba sa UST,” Tigresses ace player Sisi Rondina said.

UST’s next game will be against the undefeated NU Lady Bulldogs on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the same venue.

by Justin Emmanuel V. Magat

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Golden Spikers stun Falcons

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Spikers escaped the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City Sunday.

Down 15-21 in the fourth set, Adamson sparked a 7-2 surge to cut UST’s lead within one, 22-23. However, Joshua Umandal’s cross court kill and Tim Tajanlangit’s drop ball saved the day for UST, 25-22.

“Maayos ang blocking namin pero yung execution nung attack play namin naiba yung focus, so we have to work on that pa,” UST head coach Arthur “Odjie” Mamon said. “Actually, frustrated na (si Umandal) which I understand kasi nag-sarili na si Timmy (Tajanlangit), setter namin, na going against the game plan namin.”

In the third set, Adamson took advantage of Umandal’s absense, easily snatching the set, 25-14. Umandal went down early in the set after colliding with Adamson’s JP Yude.

Arnold Bautista led the Tigers with game-high 16 points while Umandal added 12 markers. Leo Miranda paced Adamson with 12 points.

UST will take on the runner-up National University Bulldogs on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the same venue.

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