MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) pounced on late errors by University of the East (UE) en route to a straight sets victory on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Eya Laure shone all throughout as the Golden Tigresses secured a 25-16, 25-22, 25-20 triumph to improve to 2-0 in the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball tournament.
The Tigresses are now in a four-way deadlock for first place, along with the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and National University. The Lady Warriors dropped to 0-2 and have yet to win a set this season.
"Para sa amin, malaking bagay 'to," said Laure, who had 18 points and 11 successful receptions. "Dito kami kukuha ng kumpyansa sa sarili, kasi 'yung naging first game namin, shaky talaga."
"Itong second game na 'to, isa 'to sa magiging boost ng confidence namin, dahil almost last kami, nakapaglaro," she added. "Malaking bagay po 'yun na magagamit namin this season."
The Golden Tigresses were playing without injured middle blocker Imee Hernandez, who sustained an ankle sprain in their season-opener against Far Eastern University. But they got solid contributions from Camille Victoria (13 points), and middle blockers KC Galdones and Janine Balcorta, who combined for 10 points.
After a comfortable win in the opening set, the Golden Tigresses found themselves in a tight battle in Set 2 as they struggled to contain UE's Ja Lana.
The set was tied at 18 off a Balcorta error before Laure anchored a 4-0 blast that put UST back in control, 22-18. Errors by the Tigresses allowed UE to come to within one point, but Laure took charge in the end game anew to lift UST to a 2-0 advantage.
In Set 3, the Lady Warriors forced a 17-all deadlock before committing four consecutive errors that allowed UST to take control of the set, and eventually complete the win in an hour and 36 minutes.
Lana had 17 points while Dalrymple Lingay added 12 markers for the Lady Warriors. However, they got little support from their teammates, and the Tigresses had a huge 47-35 advantage in kills.