The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Spikers wielded the upset axe in emphatic fashion, taking care of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in three-straight-sets, 25-19, 25-13, 25-20, in the Premier Volleyball League Men’s Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Odjie Mamon-mentored Tigers squad, who secured the first in lopsided manner, kept their momentum rolling in the ensuing set, leading by as much as 11 courtesy of a 12-1 headstart.
In the decisive third set, the España-based squad further buried the hapless Tamaraws in a 22-15 mire en route to their first victory.
Due to a stellar performance, Mamon lauded his wards for playing in high spirits from start to finish.
“Mataas ‘yung morale nung bago [players], tsaka nung mga senior,” the UST lifer said. “Naka-integrate -yung bagong players.”
Three players cracked into double figures for the Tiger Spikers with Jayvee Sumagaysay in front with 13 points spiked by five blocks. Manuel Medina and Gen Redido added 11 and 10 markers.
Meanwhile, no player scored in double digits for FEU with Mark Calado leading the way with nine points.
The Tiger Spikers (1-0) will look to extend their win streak to two against DLSU Green Spikers (0-1) on Saturday, July 28, at the same venue. The Tamaraws, on the other hand, will seek a bounce back win against the Adamson Soaring Falcons (1-0) on Wednesday, July 25, also at the same venue.
UST (3) – Sumagaysay 13, Medina 11, Redido 10, Umandal 9, Tajanlangit 4, Carodan 2, Buro 1, Corda 0, Mendiola (L), Sawal (L).
FEU (0) – Calado 9, Paler 8, Fernandez 4, Salabsab 3, De Asis 2, Bautista 1, Jungco 1, Laganina 1, Suarez 0, Silang 0, Barrica (L), Lorenzo (L).