Photo taken by Keith Jasper Magcaling during UP vs. UE Women’s Volleyball game, Feb. 11, 2017.
By Luisa Morales
The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons remained unbeaten as they edged out the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigresses in four sets, 25-22, 25-22, 29-31, 25-18, today in the UAAP season 79 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
After claiming the first two sets, the Lady Maroons looked poised to maintain their spotless record with yet another sweep, but a couple of miscues gave the opening to the España-based squad to take charge and clinch a set off the Lady Maroons.
The Lady Maroons, however were able to recover in the fourth set to close out the feisty Tigresses. Diana Carlos and Isa Molde led UP with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, EJ Laure spearheaded the charge for the Tigresses, finishing with 18 points.
The teams were neck and neck in the first set with neither side getting an advantage over the other. However, a late run by the Diliman volleybelles and errors from their opponents saw the Lady Maroons take the set, 25-22.
It was the same story in the second set, a tight competition resulting in back and forth points for both teams. There were numerous deadlocks that lasted until both squads were tied at 22.
However, three straight points from the UP squad, including a service ace from senior Kathy Bersola at set point, gave them the 2-0 lead.
The Lady Tigresses did not back down as they began the third set strong, but the Lady Maroons fought their way back. Fans were going wild as both teams rallied back and forth in a thrilling set.
The Lady Maroons failed to convert four match points, and an attack error from Tots Carlos at 29-30, extended the match to a fourth set.
Determined to close the game, the Lady Maroons stepped on the gas in the fourth set. The UP squad pulled away from the Tigresses in the middle of the set, 16-10.
Despite hits from UST’s skipper, Cherry Rondina, cutting the lead to four, 22-18, UP was able to win the last three points, with a service ace from Isa Molde ending the match.
At 4-0, UP is now the only undefeated team in the UAAP. #