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UST favored over UP

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games today:

(Philsports Arena)

12:30 p.m. -- PAF vs. Cignal (Spikers’ Turf)

4 p.m. -- Pocari Sweat vs. PCG (V-League)

6 p.m. -- UP vs. UST (V-League)

PITTED against a familiar UAAP rival this time, University of Santo Tomas hopes to ride the momentum of its perfect run marked by two reversals.
   
The surprising Tigresses shoot for a fourth straight win and at least a playoff for a semifinal berth as they play University of the Philippines today in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena.
   
Gametime is at 6 p.m.
   
UST swept its first three matches, including a four-set win over Open Conference runner-up Philippine Air Force and another four-setter over an import-backed BaliPure side late Saturday, putting the team with a gritty all-Filipino crew closer to a semifinal stint in the season-ending conference.
   
EJ Laure continued to flash her top form and unleashed a superb 23-hit game as the Tigresses bucked the 25-point effort of American Kate Morrell to subdue the Water Defenders, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-13, and regain the solo lead.
   
Sophomore Carla Sandoval contributed 12 hits while Pam Lastimosa, slowly getting back into the groove after a long layoff due to knee injury, fired 11 points and top blocker Ria Meneses added 10 hits, including four blocks for UST.
   
The Tigresses expecting a tougher challenge from the Lady Maroons, who bounced back from a straight-set setback to Bureau of Customs with a sweep of lowly Coast Guard.
   
Coming off a championship in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament for her school yesterday, high-flying Cherry Rondina will most likely suit up for UST.
   
As an ailing Isa Molde remains a doubtful starter, UP hopes to draw the best from Diana Carlos, Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola, Justine Dorog and Marian Buitre.
   
Pocari Sweat, meanwhile, tries to recover from its tough five-set loss to the Lady Jet Spikers last Wednesday against the Lady Dolphins in the curtain raiser at 4 p.m.
   
In the Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference, Cignal and Air Force face off in a rematch of Open Conference Finals at 12:30 p.m.