THE UST Junior Golden Tigresses clinched a twice-to-beat advantage after annihilating the University of the Philippines Integrated School Junior Lady Maroons, 25-20, 25-10, 25-7, in the UAAP Season 80 girls’ volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan Sunday.
The Tigresses remained undefeated in 10 games.
Leading by 5 early in the third set, UST finished off the Junior Lady Maroons with a 17-4 bomb sealed by Vanessa Bangayan’s crosscourt kill, 25-7.
“Lumalabas ‘yung consistency sa service. Right place, right target at right load na binibigay sa bola. Magandang indication ‘yun towards the last game of eliminations,” UST coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes said.
Already ahead in the second set, the Junior Tigresses sparked another 11-0 outburst topped by team captain Maji Magulabnan’s service ace, 25-10.
UST had a slim 20-19 lead in the first frame, before Merry Rose Jauculan’s service ace topped a late 5-1 surge.
The Tigresses exploited the Junior Lady Maroons’ faulty floor defense with 19 service aces.
Laure tallied 17 points, including nine aces, while Janna Torres chalked up six markers for UST.
Bianca Avila registered six points for UP.
The Junior Tigresses will play their penultimate game against the University of the East Junior Lady Warriors on Nov. 8, Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the same venue.