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Laure sisters vent ire on FEU, lead UST Tigresses to breakthrough UAAP 82 win

University of Santo Tomas dismantled Far Eastern University in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18, to barge into the winning column of the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. 

Coming off a heartbreaker to National University last Wednesday, the Golden Tigresses vented their frustrations on the Lady Tamaraws.

“Nakabawi kami today. Maganda service namin, although may mga lapses pa rin kami na ‘di maiiwasan. Pero nai-correct naman namin,” UST head coach Kungfu Reyes said.

UST evened its card at 1-1, forging a four-way logjam in third place with today’s victim, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines.

Eya Laure spearheaded UST’s bounce-back effort with an all-around performance of 16 points built on 12 attacks, three blocks, and an ace. She also collected 14 digs and eight receptions.

Her sister EJ pummeled 12 markers, with two coming from aces. Caitlyn Viray and Imee Hernandez were again reliable for the Golden Tigresses, contributing nine and seven markers, respectively.

“So ‘yun, ang naging team effort ‘yung nilaro namin today so ayun, nakuha namin in straight sets,” Reyes added.

The Golden Tigresses took turns belting FEU with an 17-9 whipping in the decisive third frame. And it was more than enough to keep their opponents at bay.

Still, the Lady Tamaraws refused to go down without a fight.

Trailing by 10 late, the troika of Cza Carandang, Nette Villareal, and Ivana Agudo pumped life into the Lady Tamaraws, who pounced on UST’s bench mob.

FEU rallied within 16-23, before Jimenez and Babylove Barbon delivered the lethal blows.

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On the other hand, Carandang and Villareal topped the Morayta-based squad with seven points each. Ivana Agudo managed six, while Gel Cayuna struggled with a measly eight-set outing.

UST tries to pick up steam and build from this win when it collides with De La Salle University on Sunday, March 15 at the PhilSports Arena. Meanwhile, FEU seeks to get back on track when it faces Adamson University on Wednesday, March 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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