La Salle halts UST’s winning streak with 3-set win
MANILA, Philippines - The UST Golden Tigresses’ four-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday, February 4, at the hands of the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-21, 25-9, 25-18, at the San Juan Arena.
Ara Galang, who’s been a consistent MVP candidate this season, put up 17 points, while Cyd Demecillo finished with 12. Mika Reyes put up 9, while Mary Baron registered 8 markers.
UST went ahead by four early in the first set, but their lead would be short-lived as DLSU quickly bounced back and tied the contest at 14-all. After which, the Lady Spikers scored five of the game’s next eight points to take a 19-17 lead.
La Salle didn’t stop there, as they went on a 5-2 run to go on top 24-19. UST scored two straight and threatened a late hurrah, but DLSU closed out the set.
Set two was all La Salle, as the girls sporting green-and-white jerseys went ahead 16-7 and rode that momentum to an easy victory. DLSU established a 21-13 lead in the third set, and though UST racked up a couple of consecutive conversions to tighten the contest, the Lady Spikers were able to hold on for the win.
Marivic Meneses led UST with 6 points, which was the same amount of conversions put up by Pam Lastimosa. Rookie EJ Laure also had 6 markers, while Jessey De Leon put up 5.
DLSU dominated the spikes department, 40-25, and had 7 blocks to UST’s lone 1. La Salle also had more service aces, 8-4.
Both clubs will be back in action next Wednesday, February 11, when UST takes on Ateneo while DLSU goes up against UE.