2 p.m. – Ateneo vs Letran
4 p.m. – Arellano vs Perpetual Help
University of Santo Tomas out-steadied La Salle Dasmarinas in the first two sets then re-asserted its might in the third to complete a 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 victory and wheel back into contention following an opening day setback in the Shakey’s V-League First Conference at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.
Pam Lastimosa and guest player Aiza Maizo unloaded 12 kills apiece while Maika Ortiz and Carmela Tunay combined for 23 hits as the Tigresses bounced back from a straight-set loss to the Ateneo Lady Eagles in a Group A match kicking off the league’s 10th season last week.
Lastimosa also came through with three blocks to earn the game’s best player award while Maizo hit three service aces as UST’s 1-2 punch combined for 30 points to lead the six-time champions to victory before a big Sunday crowd.
UST thus tied La Salle-Dasma at 1-1 behind Ateneo’s 2-0 card.
Meanwhile, the UST-La Dasma game will be aired at 1 p.m. today over GMA News TV Channel 11, according to the organizing Sports Vision. The National U-Adamson clash, still being played at presstime, will be shown Tuesday, also starting at 1 p.m.
While Lastimosa and Maizo topscored for the team, Ortiz proved to be the more accurate, converting 11 spikes in 21 attempts for a 52.38 percent clip. Lastimosa had the most attempts with 41, scoring 12 while Maizo also had 11 kills from 38 tries.
The Lady Patriots, who swept the Letran Lady Knights last Tuesday, kept the match close in the early going but failed come up with a strong finishing kick before losing steam in the third.
Iari Yongco blasted 10 attacks out of 29 attempts for a 12-point output while Jennifer Manzano and Monique Tiangco chipped in 10 hits apiece for the Lady Patriots in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Unlike in their losing stand against the Lady Eagles, the Tigresses dished out a more impressive game this time, coming through with 37 excellent sets and 28 digs as against their rivals’ 29 and 16, respectively.
The Espana-based squad, which also drew eight markers from Jessey de Leon and three from other reinforcement Rhea Dimaculanga, also outhit La Salle-Dasma, 50-35, had more blocks, 8-5, and aces, 6-4.
Still, the Tigresses needed to toughen up at endgame of each set to repulse the game Lady Patriots, who also got a combined nine-point production from Cherry Rose Nunag, Mae Navidad and Gieselle Bembo.
National University matched Ateneo’s hot start later in the day, repulsing Adamson, 16-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-15, to seize control in Group B.
Aleona Santiago fired away 14 kills and finished with 20 points while Myla Pablo spewed 13 attacks for a 16-point effort as the Lady Bulls shook off a poor by overpowering the Lady Falcons, 56-38, in spikes.
Angela Benting and Pau Soriano combined for 24 attacks but the San Marcelino-based squad, which swept University of San Carlos last week, just couldn’t match up with the Lady Bulldogs and dropped to 1-1
Meanwhile, the UST-La Dasma game will be aired at 1 p.m. today over GMA News TV Channel 11 with the NU-Adamson duel to be telecast on Tuesday, also at 1 p.m., according to the organizing Sports Vision.