The College of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigresses discovered themselves the place they wished to be on the finish of their first-round schedule within the UAAP Season 85 girls’s volleyball match.
The Nationwide College (NU) Girl Bulldogs can be counting the times earlier than they’ll say the identical factor.
For now, the defending champions really feel they should work on a number of issues earlier than a key—and, on so many ranges, acquainted—showdown towards the match’s at the moment undefeated chief.
“We’ve to repair our mindset,” stated Sheena Toring, after serving to the Lady Bulldogs to a 25-21, 25-9, 25-18 victory over Far Japanese College (FEU) on Saturday. “In some video games, we’ve got on-and-off moments. In fact, we have to enhance that particularly since that is La Salle we’re going through [next].”
NU takes its 5-1 (win-loss) document to a titanic showdown towards undefeated La Salle (5-0) on Wednesday, however earlier than that, Toring hopes the Girl Bulldogs study to get their recreation going early.
“We’d like our hearth immediately within the first set for us to win,” she stated.
The primary set posed an issue, too, for the Tigresses, who had been ambushed within the first set by the College of the East (UE) Girl Warriors earlier than they finally cruised to a 30-32, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 victory at Filoil EcoOil Area.
“We’ve to work on our depth on the court docket. We had been all the time reminded that we shouldn’t hold our depth on the stage of our opponent’s however purpose to do higher,’’ stated UST star Eya Laure.
UST will go into the second spherical with a 5-2 document and a plan to do even higher than within the first spherical.
“Our coaches constantly remind us to overachieve by all the time aiming to do higher,’’ stated Laure after shelling out a ruthless kill at match level to shut out her 18-point efficiency.
“We ended the primary spherical on a excessive word,’’ stated UST coach Kungfu Reyes. “It is a large morale booster going into the following spherical. It’ll come as an extra motivation as we attempt to surpass what we’ve completed.’’
NU can’t take into consideration the following spherical simply but with a recreation towards La Salle—which is scheduled to play one other robust squad in Adamson (4-1) on Sunday—nonetheless looming.
And it’s a match that may dredge a whole lot of recollections.
The NU-La Salle duel is a rematch of final season’s title sequence which the Girl Bulldogs dominated. And this 12 months’s Girl Spikers will characteristic a rising star in Angel Canino, a determine acquainted to Toring and reigning Most Precious Participant Bella Belen.
Canino powered a La Salle-Zobel squad that ended a four-year highschool reign of Belen, Toring and the Nazareth College of Nationwide College in 2018.
“In fact, we’re excited [to play against La Salle]. It’s been a protracted whereas since we confronted her [Canino] so we’re trying ahead to Wednesday,” Belen stated.
“Now, they’ve a go-to participant,” she added after firing 16 factors within the win towards FEU. “They’ve actually improved when in comparison with earlier than. Now, they’re actually combating and hitting so it’s going to be a problem for us. We’ll put together and are available again to ourselves, taking a look at what we have to enhance on.”
“We’ll return to the drafting board, particularly since they [La Salle] have a recreation tomorrow,” stated NU coach Karl Dimaculangan. “We’ll evaluate them and we’ll begin to make a recreation plan then. For now, we’ll simply put together.”
‘Respect our opponents’
Alyssa Solomon additionally delivered towards the Girl Tamaraws with 14 factors, together with 10 assaults, whereas Princess Robles chipped in 12 factors, her final two consecutive kills ending the distress of FEU, which wound up with a 3-4 document getting into the second spherical.
Laure’s energy smash by means of the blocking Riza Nogales capped a 14-attack efficiency whereas rookie Regina Jurado accounted for 13 factors, together with 10 assaults for the Tigresses, who overcame a languid opening set.
“I instructed my teammates through the huddle that we’ve got to respect our opponents and we should always not chill out. We’ve to work on sustaining our depth on the ground,’’ stated Laure, who added six digs and three blocks to her stat line.
Filipino-Italian Milena Alessandrini was likewise on assault mode with 12 factors and two service aces, Cassie Carballo had 15 wonderful units whereas libero Bernadett Pepito registered 14 digs and 18 wonderful receptions.
The Tigresses had been in whole management early within the first set, rushing away at 17-9 and thriving on the Girl Warriors’ miscues.
That’s after they eased up on the fuel pedal and inexplicably allowed UE to wipe out the deficit by means of the heroics of Janeca Lana, KC Cepada and Vanessa Bangayan.
—With a report from Rommel Fuertes Jr.
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