10 a.m.-- DLSU vs UPHSD (Spikers’ Turf)
12 noon --EAC vs ADMU (Spikers’ Turf)
4 p.m. --SSC-R vs ADMU (V-League)
6 p.m. -- UST vs CSB (V-League)
EYA Laure and Maji Mangulabnan, University of Santo Tomas' high school aces, were as good as advertised in their much-awaited Shakey's V-League debut.
Forming a mix of current, B-team and Junior Tigresses standouts, UST carved out a 27-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18 victory over San Beda to open its Collegiate Conference campaign on a high note last night at the Philsports Arena.
For Tigresses coach Kungfu Reyes, it all matters right now in the league is to gain experience as they try to reclaim their glory in college volleyball where they used to dominate in the past.
“Kaya kami nandito para ma-expose yung mga players. Yung learning ng team throughout ng liga, sana tumaas. Kailangang matuto at magkaroon ng confidence ang mga bata,” said Reyes.
Laure and Mangulabanan showed everyone that they are the future of UST.
EJ Laure led the Tigresses with 18 points and 11 digs, but it was her younger sister Eya who took the spotlight with 17 points, including two blocks.
Mangulabanan was splendid in orchestrating plays for UST with 29 excellent sets.
“Hopefully yung (V-League) experience nila madala din sa high school, para win-win situation,” said Reyes, referring to the UAAP juniors volleyball tournament which opens next month.
The Tigresses played minus fan favorite Cherry Rondina, who sat out with an ankle injury she sustained in another league over the weekend.
Despite the absence of Rondina, UST joined fellow UAAP sides Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines for the Group B lead.
Janine Marciano paced the Lady Red Spikers with 18 points, including four service aces, and 10 digs while Cesca Racraquin added nine points.
San Beda dropped to 0-2 in Group B to put itself on the brink of elimination.
The Tigresses prevailed in the opening frame, after the Lady Red Spikers, who failed to sustain guest player Marciano's strong showing, failed the extend the set on a net touch violation by Cesca Racraquin.
UST played well in the second frame to take a 2-0 set advantage, but San Beda won the third after Reyes decided to use his young players more court time.
Feeling the pressure of playing on national TV, the Tigresses reserves crumbled as the Lady Red Spikers raced to a 14-9 advantage.
In the Spikers' Turf, titleholder Ateneo bested San Beda, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16, to join UP and UST for the early Group B lead, while University of Perpetual Help System Dalta defeated Philippine Marine Merchant School, 25-13, 25-17, 25-23, to tie La Salle and NU on top of Group A.