UST beats UP in thriller, completes Shakey’s Super League semis cast

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UST beats UP in thriller, completes Shakey’s Super League semis cast

University of Santo Tomas banked on its young guns to outlast University of the Philippines in an exciting five-set marathon, 27-25, 26-28, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15, to advance to the semifinals of the Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-season Championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum late Sunday.

The Tigresses completed an all-UAAP Final Four cast along with unbeaten National University, Adamson, and La Salle.

UST set up an exciting semis showdown against the reigning UAAP champions Lady Bulldogs that have yet to drop a game after six matches.

The knockout semifinals of the tournament organized by Athletic Events and Sports Management, Inc. (ACES) is scheduled on Friday, Nov. 11, while the winner-take-all championship is on Nov. 19.

Earlier, NU booked the first semis ticket after sweeping Far Eastern University, 25-10, 25-17, 25-15; Adamson booted out University of Perpetual Help, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16; while La Salle decimated Ateneo de Manila University, 25-17, 25-23, 25-10, to take the first three semis seats.

UST freshmen Xyza Gula and Regina Jurado stepped up in the absence of veteran Eya Laure to deliver 20 points apiece.

The duo delivered the back-to-back hits that wrapped up the grueling two-hour, 50-minute encounter.

Angeli Abellana posted 16 points while Athena Abbu had 10 markers for the Tigresses.

Alyssa Bertolano led the UP with 18 points including 14 attacks, Joan Monares had 14 markers while Encarnacion finished with 10.

The Fighting Maroons slid to the classification round joining Perpetual, Ateneo, and FEU.