Published On: Sat, Apr 6th, 2019

UST knocks out UE from playoff contention

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The UST Golden Tigresses break away from a three-way tie to cruise to solo 3rd

Published 3:45 PM, April 06, 2019

Updated 3:45 PM, April 06, 2019

ON TRACK. The Golden Tigresses pick up a quick win over UE to stay inside the top 4. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

ON TRACK. The Golden Tigresses pick up a quick win over UE to stay inside the top 4. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses crashed back to the win column and eliminated the University of the East (UE) Lady Warrriors from the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament playoff race.

UST stayed on track for a Final Four berth with a straight-set win, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, over UE on Saturday, April 6, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Golden Tigresses broke away from a three-way logjam with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws to clinch solo 3rd spot at 7-4.

The Lady Warriors fell to their ninth loss, which eliminated them from playoff contention.

After UE held a slim lead over the Golden Tigresses in the opening frame, 8-7, UST pulled away with a run sparked by Ysa Jimenez’ back-to-back service aces, 17-15.

Errors doomed the Lady Warriors’ comeback bid as UST took the opening frame, 25-20.

UST assumed control of the 2nd set after a massive 8-1 run highlighted by 3 service aces, 16-9.

Although UE closed it to a one-point game, 19-20, the Lady Warriors’ back-to-back errors again stretched the lead for UST as the España-based squad nabbed another 25-20 decision for a 2-0 lead in the match.

UE looked to turn things around with a 9-5 lead in the first technical timeout of the 3rd set, but UST managed to tie the game at 9-all.

Jimenez powered the Golden Tigresses anew to take the lead, 14-12 and UST never looked back to seal the win. – Rappler.com

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