MANILA - University of Santo Tomas UST) made it to the next round after prevailing over defending NCAA titlist College of Saint Benilde (CSB), 25-13, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22, in the 2023 Shakey’s Super League (SSL) Collegiate Pre-Season Championship Season 2 at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan on Monday.
Jonna Perdido finished with 20 attacks while Regina Jurado and Angeline Poyos contributed 19 and 17 points, respectively for the Lady Tigresses, who swept Pool C.
UST's other victories were over Letran and the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.
“Marami pa kaming rooms for improvement, yun ang pinakamaganda. Kailangan namin ng consistency na siya namang pinaka-importante (We still have a lot of rooms for improvement, that's the best thing. We need consistency, which is the most important) entering the next round,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes after the match.
Gayle Pascual scored 13 points for CSB (1-1), which will face Perpetual in a crucial match on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Adamson University defeated NCAA runner-up Lyceum, 25-16, 25-16, 25-13, for its second win in Pool B of the tournament held in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Lucille Almonte, Jimy Jean Jamili and Red Bascon scored seven points each for the Lady Falcons, who secured the victory in 68 minutes.
“It’s a good start for us na naka 2-0 kami kasi nakakakuha ng experience yung mga bago namin na madadala namin throughout the season. I-try pa rin namin i-blend yung chemistry ng mga bata papasok sa playoffs (It's a good start for us that we are 2-0 because our new players are getting the experience that we can carry throughout the season. We will still try to blend the chemistry of the players going into the playoffs),” said Adamson coach JP Yude.
The Lady Falcons placed third in the SSL Season 1 and National Invitationals last month.
Adamson’s victory sent Arellano (2-1) to the next round as Lyceum bowed out with a 1-2 win-loss card.
Defending champion National University already advanced with a 2-0 record in Pool A. Four more slots are available in the final week of the elimination round. (PNA)