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Tigresses upset Lady Eagles to win ticket to PVL Finals

The UST Golden Tigresses completed a comeback attempt with a five-set win over the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 16-14, in the do-or-die game of the PVL Collegiate Conference Season 3 semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan, Sunday, October 5.

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The UST Golden Tigresses completed a comeback attempt with a five-set win over the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 16-14, in the do-or-die game of the PVL Collegiate Conference Season 3 semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan, Sunday, October 5.

The sudden death semis decider was a tug of war from the start until the end as both teams started strong in the first two sets and had a see-saw battle in the third and fourth sets before UST ultimately pulled away in the fifth set. 

The first set started out as a back and forth affair but eventually Ateneo drew first blood with attacks from Erika Raagas, Jules Samonte and Vanie Gandler while causing the Tigresses to give up 10 errors as they won the first set, 20-25.

UST became more balanced with the setting of Maji Mangulabnan as the Tigresses equalized the game in the second set and forced Ateneo to 10 errors. 

The Tigresses then carried the momentum to third set and overpowered Ateneo with 15 attacks as compared to the Lady Eagles’ six. Individual efforts from Eya Laure, Janna Torres, Imee Hernandez, and KC Galdones helped the Tigresses to easily win the set, 25-16. 

Ateneo then bounced back in the fourth set as Faith Nisperos went on fire to carry the Lady Eagles to force a fifth and final set.

Both teams started the final set on a strong note, exchanging counter runs until Faith Nisperos scored the equalized to bring it to 14-all, but the Tigresses scored two straight points to finally ice the game at 16-14.

UST was led by Eya Laure who poured in 21 points while her older sister EJ showed her defensive prowess with 13 digs. Game two hero Imee Hernandez also had 14 markers of her own. 

On the other hand, rookie Faith Nisperos tallied 23 points, while Erika Ragas had 10 points to lead the Lady Eagles.

UST will face the winner between CSB Lady Blazers and Adamson Lady Falcons at the finals. Game 1 will be on Wednesday, October 9 at the same venue.

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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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Tigresses upset by Lady Bulldogs in five-set thriller

Following their bridesmaid finish in the previous season, the UST Golden Tigresses failed to start off on a winning note after falling in five sets to the NU Lady Bulldogs.

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Following their bridesmaid finish in the previous season, the UST Golden Tigresses failed to start off on a winning note after falling in five sets to the NU Lady Bulldogs, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 13-15, in the UAAP season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

With a quick start, the Lady Bulldogs scored straight away but UST Tigress KC Galdones instantly recovered for the team.

After a back-and-forth affair, the UST Golden Tigresses cruised through to win the first set 25-22.

In the second set, the Lady Bulldogs posted an error filled start almost led to the Tigresses claiming the set before the former regrouped and tied the game at one set apiece

With momentum on their side, the Golden Tigresses ensured the third frame with 25-20, setting an advantage for the team, 2-1.

UST came close to sealing the game in the fourth set until NU eventually won, 20-25, to force a fifth-set decider.

The Tigresses had a struggle in the fifth set despite managing to bring the game down to the wire.

With the score at 14-13, Lady Bulldog Ivy Lacsina proceeded to seal the game for her squad. 

Season 81 rookie of the year Eya Laure had a team-high 20 points, while rookie Imee Hernandez and the returning EJ Laure scored 18 and 17 points for the Tigresses.

Margot Mutshima led the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points, while Ivy Lacsina and Risa Sato had 19 and 17 respectively. 

The Tigresses will next face the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on March 8, Sunday, at the Mall Of Asia Arena. M.S.L. Magtira

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