UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas prevailed in their respective girls and boys semifinals matches to forge a title showdown with National University yesterday in the UAAP high school volleyball at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Arena.
The Junior Tigresses bucked a third set loss to eliminate La Salle-Zobel, 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-18, in the girls step-ladder while the Tiger Cubs made quick work of University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15, in the boys’ Final Four.
UST hopes to foil the Bullpups bid for a second straight championship double when the best-of-three series in the girls and boys division begins next week.
Eya Laure atoned from the errors she committed late in the third set that gave the Junior Lady Spikers a lifeline by taking charge in the fourth frame to power the Junior Tigresses to victory in front of a huge home crowd led by alums Alyssa Valdez and EJ Laure.
UST hopes to end NU’s two-year reign in the girls division. The Bullpups jumped straight to the Finals after a perfect 12-0 elimination round campaign.
The Tiger Cubs were not far behind, unleashing their power game to eliminate the Junior Warriors, who two years removed after completing a 11-peat will finish in third place in the boys side.
NU became the first team to advance in the title round after defeating Far Eastern University-Diliman in the other Final Four pairing Tuesday at the NU Gym.