UAAP: Eya Laure tows UST past Adamson in 5 sets

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2022 06:43 PM | Updated as of May 17 2022 08:53 PM

The UST Golden Tigresses celebrate after scoring against the Adamson Lady Falcons in their UAAP Season 84 first round game. UAAP Media.
UST captain Eya Laure attacks the Adamson net defense in their UAAP Season 84 first round match. UAAP Media.

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) Eya Laure came up with clutch hits anew to power University of Santo Tomas (UST) to a five-set triumph against Adamson University, Tuesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Laure led the way anew as the Golden Tigresses recovered from a brutal start to seize a 12-25, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 15-9 win against a gutsy Adamson squad. 

UST recovered from a disappointing defeat to National University in their previous game to improve to 4-2 in the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball tournament. They rose to a share of second place with De La Salle University. 

The Lady Falcons, meanwhile, saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Laure scored 23 points on 19 hits and four blocks, while firing the match-winner that wrapped up UST's win in two hours and 33 minutes. She had plenty of help, as Ypril Tapia came off the bench for 11 points while Ysa Jimenez scored eight. 

The Golden Tigresses got off to a horror start that saw them score just two points off attacks in the first set, and then failed to protect a 2-1 lead in the fourth frame. 

Adamson surged to a 12-6 advantage in Set 4 and never let up, with Aliah Marce providing a lift off the bench to help the Lady Falcons force a decider.

It was in the fifth set that UST's composure showed.

"Kalimutan 'yung first four sets, erase na lahat," UST coach Kungfu Reyes said of his message to his players. "Pinaka-importante is 'yung fifth set, kasi gaya ng sinabi namin noong previous match namin, sa five sets patibayan na ulit ng dibdib, palakasan ng isip."

The Tigresses raced to a 7-2 start in the decider, with Tapia scoring twice off her serve while Laure recorded a huge block on Adamson's Kate Santiago.

But the Lady Falcons recovered, as setter Louie Romero maximized the presence of middle blocker Rizza Cruz in front. A hit by May Ann Nuique made it a one-point game, 7-6, before a service error by Lorene Toring gave the Tigresses some breathing room.

The Lady Falcons were still within one point, 9-8, when Imee Hernandez scored on a hit from the middle, and Romero and libero Rochelle Lalongisip miscommunicated on a second ball. That sparked a 6-1 finishing kick for the Tigresses, with Laure scoring the final point on an off-the-block hit.

Four players scored in double-digits for Adamson, with Trisha Genesis scoring 15 and Santiago adding 13 points. The Lady Falcons fell to 3-3 in the tournament, putting them in a three-way tie with Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines for fourth to sixth places. 

This was the second five-set victory of the season for the Golden Tigresses, after their marathon match against the De La Salle Lady Spikers last May 12.