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Tigresses’ power withers against Lady Tams

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     AFTER winning three consecutive games, the University of Santo Tomas Lady Spikers failed to complete their streak after losing in a four-set game against the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-22, 27-29, 18-25, 23-25, Sunday afternoon in the 75th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

     Tigress Captain Judy Ann Caballejo led the squad with 12 points while Maika Ortiz finished with 11. However, it still wasn’t enough to give them the victory.

     The Lady Tams were down by one but they kept their heads up and battled out a thrilling second set. The Tigresses six point lead did not stop the Lady Tams to slowly but surely equalize the scores at 22.

     From then on, both squad delivered back-to-back rallies until scores tied again at 27. Crucial errors were committed by both teams during the latter, the Tigresses committed consecutive errors during the match point which sealed set two for the Lady Tams. It was a close ball game between both squads, but the tides turned for FEU after clinching the second set.

     With confidence boosted and momentum shifted for the Morayta-based spikers, UST did not lose heart and kept close scores, with a short-lived lead at 15-14. The Lady Tams unleashed an 8-2 run which regained the lead at 17-22, due to multiple net infraction errors committed by UST. During that point, FEU dictated that set.

     In the first three sets, UST gave FEU a beating during the early game, but in the fourth set, it was the Lady Tams who took charge of the lead for as much as four points, 20-16.

     However, the Tigeresses did not give up without a fight and was able to tie the game at 23 from back-to-back points coming from Caballejo. Although UST tried to snatch the set, FEU came up strong in their end game and grabbed the last two points.

     Gunning its second straight win for FEU was Rosemarie Vargas with five service aces and a block, while Wenneth Eulalio finished with 13 spikes and 4 blocks. Both of them scored 17 apiece.

     Losing the opportunity to gain the solo third spot, UST slipped in a three-way tie with Adamson University and National University having a 4-3 card at the end of the first round.

By Josiah Darren G. Saynes
Photo taken by Gelli Ann J. Javellana

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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