by Garnet Tayag
The young but strong UST Golden Tigresses brings the import-laden Pocari Sweat in a five thrilling sets match. Even after a lost in the Game 1 of the semifinals, the Tigresses of Espana trained hard to give Pocari an intense match in the Game 2.
The Tigresses proved to the spectators that even if they are an importless collegiate team, they’re dauntless and powerful enough to give the defending champions Pocari a good fight.
The leading scorer of UST, EJ Laure, said to a pre-match interview “Kailangan lang namin mag-enjoy, kasi kapag nag-eenjoy na kami hindi namin namamalayan na maganda na pala ang nilalaro namin sa court”. As a left wing hitter, Laure sets herself as a leader by example to the team.
Even if they lost in the first set, the Espana team regained its composure and able to get the second set. Third and fourth set are intense. The volleyfans witnessed long rallies and exchanging of points. UST was able to extend the match into five sets.
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UST was defeated by Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors in five sets, (25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-8). The defense of UST was the highlight of the game. Riri Meneses tallied 6 kill blocks and Rica Rivera had 22 excellent digs and 22 receptions.
The sophomore setter, Alina Bicar, had 32 excellent sets. Ej Laure finished with 24 points including 13 receptions while Rondina marks 16 points with 22 excellent digs.
Meneses, Francisco and Cortez also contributed a great help with 11, 7 and 6 points. Recently, the Golden Tigresses was hailed as champions on the 2016 Unigames Volleyball Tournament after defeating the University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas in the finals. UST proves that they are really a final four contender in the incoming UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.