MANILA, Philippines – The UP Lady Maroons scored an upset against the UST Tigresses in four sets, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, to earn their first win in UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday, December 3, at The Arena in San Juan City.
Nicole Tiamzon led University of the Philippines with 19 points, while Kathy Bersola put up 16.
UP won a close first set, 26-24, and was ahead 23-19 late in the second set before squandering their lead to UST, who rallied behind star rookie EJ Laure.
Laure finished with a team-high 19 points, but was unable to help her club win another set as the Lady Maroons won the third period, 25-20, before leaning on quality defense to put down the Tigresses for good in the fourth set, 25-17.
“Iba na kami ngayon (we’re different this year),” UP head coach Jerry Yee told the media after the game. The Lady Maroons entered their contest with UST having lost 13 of their last 16 games.
“They deserved the victory today,” he also complimented his girls, who won their first game of the season.
Angeli Araneta also played well for the winning side, finishing with 14 points. The Lady Maroons feasted on the errors of their adversaries, who committed 32 to UP’s 24.
UP (98): Tiamzon 19, Bersola 16, Araneta 14, Ilustre 9, Alinas 5, Lai 3, Mangulabnan 1, Magtalas 0, Gaiser (L) 0, Estranero (L) 0
UST (86): Laure 19, Lastimosa 13, Meneses 9, De Leon 7, Tunay 6, Cortez 5, Cabanos 2, Pacres 1, Verutiao 0, Rondina 0, Rasmo (L) 0
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