The UST Golden Tigresses waited. Now, they took claim of the twice-to-beat advantage against the De La Salle University in four sets.
UST dominates first set
The Golden Tigresses made the first strike to take a 5-1 advantage that they did not relinquish throughout the match. UST’s lead grew to as big as ten points, 21-11, before Tin Tiamzon stopped the bleeding with a check ball.
But De La Salle’s opposition was futile as Alina Bicar’s 1-2 play gave the Espana crew set point while Eya Laure clinched it at 25-14.
Golden Tigresses move one set away from victory
Coach Kung Fu Reyes’ crew held a seven-point lead, 17-10, before De La Salle responded with a 7-1 run to chop the deficit to one, 18-17. But the Golden Tigresses responded with a 6-1 blast to take set point at 24-18.
The Lady Spikers won’t give up as their 5-0 pulled them to within one, 24-23. But UST avoided a deuce and take their second straight set at 25-23.
De La Salle stays in the game
Kecelyn Galdones’ service ace capped UST’s 6-0 run that turned a 7-2 deficit to an 8-7 lead. The set remained close from that moment with no team establishing a lead bigger than three points.
Golden Tigresses clinch it in four
From a 12-12 tie in set four, UST ignited a 7-1 to take a 19-13 that proved to be insurmountable by De La Salle. Cherry Ann Rondina’s service ace gave UST match point at 24-19 and the Golden Tigresses clinched the twice-to-beat edge over DLSU at 25-19.