February 25, 2018, 6:48 am
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UST beach volley gals gain finals

CHERRY Rondina and Caitlyn Viray of UST hacked out a 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 win over Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza yesterday to bag the outright championship berth in the women’s division of the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay.

Viray scored UST’s last three points as she and Rondina completed a seven-game sweep of the eliminations.

The Lady Tamaraws rallied from a 2-6 hole in the deciding set and briefly led at 8-7 and later at 10-9 on a Viray error. From a 10-12 count, FEU took advantage of UST’s errors to force the game’s last deadlock at 12-12.

The Lady Tamaraws finished second with a 6-1 card and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the step-ladder semifinals.

De La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna made quick work of Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte 21-10, 21-9 to clinch the remaining semis berth. They will face Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines in the first step-ladder match, with the winner advancing against FEU.

The Lady Maroons ended up third at 5-2 after scoring a 21-12, 21-18 win over National University’s Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran.

“Siyempre mas maganda kung makuha namin ang gold,” said Rondina, who was all praises for Viray, her first-time partner. “Kinakailangan pang trabahuin.”

It was a back-and-forth first frame as the Lady Tamaraws came back from a 7-14 hole to move closer to set point 20-19 before the Tigresses scored the next three points capped by a Pons net touch to claim the set.

UST rallied from a 5-10 second set deficit and closed in at 15-16 on Viray’s back-to-back kills before FEU displayed tremendous composure to tie the match at one set apiece. 

The Lady Spikers finished the elims at 4-3, while the Lady Eagles bowed out with their fifth loss against two wins. 
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