MANILA, Philippines – For University of Santo Tomas (UST) head coach Kungfu Reyes, there is no shame in admitting that the Tigresses lost to a better team in their UAAP Season 79 Final 4 showdown against defending champion De La Salle University last Saturday.
The Tigresses advanced to the semifinals for the first time in five seasons, but their stint in the Final 4 proved to be a brief one as the Lady Spikers dismissed them in four sets.
"We never settle for less, kaya lang, hanggang doon lang muna (kami) siguro [this is the end of the road for us, for now]," Reyes told reporters at the end of the game.
MANILA, Philippines – Coach Ramil de Jesus could breathe a sigh of relief after the De La Salle Lady Spikers powered past the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses in their UAAP Season 79 Final 4 match on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The defending champion Lady Spikers bucked a meltdown in the third set to eventually pummel the Tigresses, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, and make it to the UAAP women's volleyball Finals for the ninth consecutive year.
The Lady Spikers owned a twice-to-beat advantage over UST thanks to their second place finish at the end of the elimination round, but as it turned out, they did not need to use it against the Tigresses who looked flustered early on in the match.
As Desiree Cheng started to heat up en route to 11 points while helping De La Salle University brush off University of Santo Tomas, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, in the Final Four, jeers started to rain down on her.
Cheng, however, didn’t mind.
“Everybody knows that boos are part of the game, so that’s fine with me and besides I’m used to it,” said Cheng Saturday as the Lady Spikers advanced to its ninth straight UAAP women’s volleyball finals.
EJ Laure seems to have a knack for the dramatic.
In University of Santo Tomas’ final elimination match of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament, Laure tweaked her right ankle in the latter stages of the match but was able to hold on to see the Golden Tigresses take the 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-12 win.
Then a similar thing happened in her first Final Four appearance when she again landed awkwardly on her right ankle, this time against defending champions De La Salle University.
MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University head coach Ramil de Jesus and skipper Kim Fajardo both refused to name their preferred opponent for the upcoming UAAP Season 79 Finals, pointing out that they have their work cut out either way.
The Lady Spikers marched to the UAAP women's volleyball Finals for the ninth straight year after overcoming University of Santo Tomas in four sets on Saturday.
They will play the winner of the other Final 4 pairing between top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University. The Lady Eagles have the twice-to-beat edge in the semis match-up that opens Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
It’s been nine years since Far Eastern University won its record 29th UAAP women’s volleyball title while
for the better part of the decade Ateneo has swooped above the competition appearing in five straight finals appearances and winning back-to-back titles in Seasons 76 and 77.
FEU still has a massive advantage in terms of titles, 29-2, but in terms of the current possession of power the Lady Eagles have the Lady Tamaraws beat.
Come Sunday, however, the Lady Tamaraws have a chance to go for redemption and return to their once grounds if they can shock Ateneo in the Final Four.
Banking on last year’s success, NCAA gears up for a bigger season with San Sebastian College-Recoletos as host in Season 93.
And for all the innovations on hand, there will still be some constants.
For one, the gamedays for the seniors’ basketball tournament will remain on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with double-headers and triple-headers peppered through the week.