UST rallies past FEU to stay unbeaten in UAAP women's volleyball

UST rallies past FEU to stay unbeaten in UAAP women’s volleyball

By: - Reporter / @junavINQ
/ 10:16 PM March 03, 2024

UST Golden Tigresses UAAP volleyball

UST Golden Tigresses celebrate during a victory over FEU Lady Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball tournament.–MARLO CUETO/

MANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas rediscovered its deadly form just in time to snatch victory from near defeat at the expense of Far Eastern University, 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-7, on Sunday night at the UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball.

Staring at a probable setback, the Tigresses rose from two sets down and survived another five-setter for the second time around to keep their unblemished record intact after four games.


Angeline Poyos delivered 21 attacks from her game-high 24 points and Margaret Banagua powered her way to 13 points and four blocks, but it was the solid contributions of Xyza Gula and Mae Coronado that helped the Tigresses restore order in a daring comeback.


SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 86 volleyball first round

Gula fired 12 attacks out of 13 points and Coronado had eight points and three blocks, justifying the decision of coach Kungfu Reyes from plucking them off the bench beginning in the third set.

“We have an old rivalry with FEU and we expected this. Luckily, we were able to recover and play within our system,” said Reyes after the Tigresses negated their 40 errors with another tight win.

Cassie Carballo tossed in 25 excellent sets, Bernadett Pepito had 20 digs and 24 receptions for the Tigresses, who likewise survived defending champion La Salle in a five-setter a week ago.

“We’re down by two, but the determination to win was there. We just fought for every point, for every set,” said Reyes.

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Banagua positioned UST in clinching the opening set with a powerful down-the-line kill and followed it up with a block that put them ahead.

But Faida Bakanke punched a crosscourt and deflected Jonna Perdido’s attack, instantly shifting the tide in FEU’s favor. Gerzel Petalio then scored on a push and ended the set with an off-the-block strike.


Jean Asis got into the groove in the second set, delivering four attacks for the Lady Tamaraws in a 7-2 run that reversed the trend.

Errors then mounted for the Tigresses with Poyos and Regina Jurado faltering at set point that accelerated another failed effort.

The Tigresses refused to call it a night though, stealing the third set in a roller-coaster ride that ended on a pair of hits unleashed by Banagua and Coronado.

Gula and Coronado got into the act in the fourth set as the Tigresses weathered FEU’s rally. With UST safely ahead, a perfectly prepared toss that Poyos smashed tied the match, forcing the decider.

Coronado and Gula set the tone for a carnage in the fifth, pushing the Tigresses to an early 4-1 advantage.

“I told her (Coronado) that she should always be ready and she delivered,” said Reyes.

Back-to-back attacks by Poyos, a combination play completed by Jurado and Banagua’s block further widened the gap before Gula capped the night with two straight crosscourt kills.

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The Lady Tamaraws leaned on Asis and Chenie Tagaod, who both scored 15 points, in another harrowing loss that put them in an even 2-2 record with the Adamson Lady Falcons.

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