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Tigresses surrender to Ateneo

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The UST Golden Tigresses dropped their second match against the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Wednesday.

The Tigresses kept it close for most of the match but couldn’t sustain their good starts for some of their sets.

Sisi Rondina scored 20 points while Eya Laure chipped in 12 markers for UST.

The second set saw dominance from Ateneo’s defense, holding a 6-0 block advantage, and UST’s reception leaving much to be desired for most of the set.

The third set was a different story with UST jumping out of the gates with a quick 7-0 run, leading by as much as 10 during certain points.

Having an 8-1 edge on service aces helped the Tigresses win the set, highlighted by the two service aces of Minela Alessandrini to close the third frame.

UST needed to dug out of a deficit that climbed to a high of seven during the fourth set, and made a late rally to set the score at 22-23, but Ateneo continued to find holes in the UST defense and eventually won the game.

The Lady Eagles were led by Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag who scored 22 and 15 points, respectively.

Coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes lauded the efforts of his wards despite the loss and also expressed his frustration regarding some of the missed calls by the referee that changed the momentum of the game.

“Despite ng loss ng two sets, nakabalik tayo kasi nakita yung effectivity ng service natin so ang laki agad ng lamang nung service ni Alina [Bicar] hanggang sa nasustain natin eh nagpalitan lang naman ng momentum,” he said.

“Nung sa fourth set naman ang ganda na ng habol, 19-17, I tried to get the attention of the second referee ‘wrong rotation, wrong rotation’ pero hindi ako pinapansin eh,” he added.

The Tigresses fall to a 1-1 standing, tied with Ateneo, as they prepare for their next match against the UP Lady Maroons on Sunday at the same venue.

 

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Bulldogs sweep Tiger Spikers

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The National University Bulldogs asserted their dominance over the UST Tiger Spikers in three sets, 18-25, 18-25, 21-25 in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

The first two sets saw UST struggle to defend against NU’s offense which was clicking on all cylinders, and were facing deficits as large as seven points within those two sets.

During the first set, despite their slow start to begin the game, UST was able to cut down NU’s seven-point lead down late to three with a 4-0 run that brought the game to 18-21, but unforced errors and NU’s offense ultimately led to the Bulldogs’ own 4-0 run to take the set.

In the second set, UST had a much better start, preventing NU to go on huge runs early, however they were unable to keep their strong momentum going, and were unable to respond when NU’s offense started to click, which, like the first set buried them in six to seven point deficits.

On the third set however, UST was able to keep up with NU better as compared to the previous two sets and were even able to tie the game in the closing moments at 21.

Joshua Umandal chipped in 13 points for UST in the losing cause, while Jayvee Sumagaysay and Manuel Medina had eight points apiece.

Sumagaysay’s eight points also included a game-high four blocks.

After the game, Coach Odjie Mamon attributed their lack of gameplan execution and his team’s health as factors to their loss, citing rookie Jaron Requinton specifically when it came to the topic about health.

“Sa gameplan di na execute, resistant sila dun sa napractice namin, resistant sila to execute today, tapos di talaga healthy yung players, nawala si – si Jaron (Requinton) di 100% so I opted for (Jireh) Buro kaso siya naman ang na sprain so ipinasok ko si Jaron. Kaya lang si Jaron Requinton, wala siya nung two days preparation namin for this game so di talaga ma ieexecute yung game plan,” he explained.

When asked about how to prevent losses like these, Mamon stated that as long as the team is healthy, losses like these can be prevented.

“Kailangan lang healthy sila, yun lang,” he quipped.

For NU, it was Bryan Bagunas with a game-high 14 points. Teammates Angelo Almendras and Francis Saura also scored double digits with 12 and 10, respectively.

UST now falls to a 3-3 record while NU improves to a 4-1 slate.

UST is set to take on the UE Red Warriors next on Mar. 17, Sunday at the same venue.

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UST collapses late versus FEU

The UST Golden Spikers ran out of gas against a five-set thriller with FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

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The UST Golden Spikers ran out of gas against a five-set thriller with Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 13-15, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

UST was able to grab a 2-1 lead that seemed like an easy win, but FEU was able to hold their own and took the last two sets, and were successfully able to prevent UST’s comeback attempts throughout those two sets.

The Tamaraws had an 8-5 advantage during the final set, but UST was able to cut their deficit to one, 14-13.

However, the Spikers’ efforts were not enough.

Jude Garcia led FEU, putting up 23 points to go along with Player of the Game honors.

Joshua Umandal and Jaron Requinton did most of the work for UST, pouring in 18 and 17 points, respectively.

UST now falls to 2-2 while the FEU Tamaraws stay unbeaten at 4-0.

UST is set to take on De La Salle University next on Mar. 6, Wednesday, at the FilOil Flying V Center.

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Adamson annihilates Tiger Softbelles

The UST Tiger Softbelles surrendered to the Adamson Lady Falcons,0-14, and lost via mercy rule in the UAAP Season 81 Softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Monday.

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The UST Tiger Softbelles surrendered to the Adamson Lady Falcons,0-14, and lost via mercy rule in the UAAP Season 81 Softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Monday.

Right from the get go, the Lady Falcons were clicking on all cylinders, scoring two runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Softbelles team captain Celyn Ojare gave credit to her team despite the loss.

“Inexpect na po talaga namin na matatalo nga po kami pero sinasabi ko lang na lumaban po talaga kami, ginawa po namin yung best namin,” she said.

The second inning was where UST collapsed, surrendering five runs from Krisha Cantor, Mary Joy Maguro, Arianne Vallestero, Nichole Padasas, and Angelu Gabriel.

There wasn’t much activity from the UST offense, mustering only one hit in the whole game, courtesy of Hannah Dela Torre. Regarding the adjustments the team will make for their next games, Ojare said, “Napagusapan po kasi namin kanina na ipanalo lang po namin yung last two games this first round ok na po so mag-aadjust na lang po kami sa paluan po talaga kasi dun talaga kami kulang sa paluan tsaka sa communication sa loob ng field and ingay.”

When asked for their coach’s comments, she added, “Learn the game today.”

UST slipped to an even 2-2 record while Adamson remains on top of the standings with a 4-0 card.

The Tiger Softbelles’ next match will be on Feb. 28, Thursday, as they take on University of the East at the same venue.

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