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UST regroups in time to hold off Adamson

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Games Today
(The Arena, San Juan City)
8 a.m. – Adamson vs La Salle (m)
10 a.m. – NU vs FEU (m)
2 p.m. – UE vs NU (w)
4 p.m. – La Salle vs UP (w)

University of Santo Tomas (UST) recovered from a third-set meltdown against a determined Adamson side before running away with a 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win yesterday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Tigresses failed to sustain their hot start when the Lady Falcons fought back from an 11-5 third-set deficit, but still managed to regain their composure to close out the game in their favor.

The win strengthened UST’s Final Four bid with a 6-4 mark at third place.

Adamson almost forged a deciding fifth set after trimming its 23-14 deficit to 24-19, but a power hit from Sisi Rondina sealed the win for the España-based squad.

Rondina finished with 18 points including 15 kills, while EJ Laure fired 12 hits to finish with 14 points.

Ria Meneses and Pam Lastimosa also provided enough support with 11 points apiece.

Adamson absorbed its 10th straight loss in as many outings to remain at the bottom standings, but still showed improvement in their previous matches particularly in its floor defense.

In fact, the Lady Falcons managed more blocks than the Tigresses, 8-6.

Jem Galanza and Joy Dacoron scored 16 and 11 points, respectively, for Adamson, which still struggled in the end game.

In men’s division, defending two-time champion Ateneo rose from a slow start and outplayed a tough UST crew, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21, to remain unbeaten after 10 assignments.

Marck Espejo exploded with a season-high 27 points built on 23 attacks, three aces and one block for the Eagles, who also fanned its winning streak to 24 games.

UST fell to 4-6.

University of the Philippines (5-5), for its part, swept University of the East (1-9), 25-22, 25-23, 25-18.