UAAP Volleyball: Eya Laure drives UST past La Salle in tough five-set match

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Eya Laure and the UST Tigresses. PHOTO UAAP

MANILA, Philippines — Eya Laure took matters into her own hands in the fifth set as she defeated Universidad de Santo Tomas La Salle, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

When the Tigresses fell 7-11 in the fifth set, Laure pulled her team back, scoring the last four points, including the game-winning block on Baby Jyne Soreno, to prevail in a grueling three-hour, two-minute match.

The third-year spiker continued to prove a thorn in La Salle’s side as she unleashed 28 points built on 23 kills, three aces and two blocks as UST scored their third straight victory over the Ramil De Jesus-coached team who were dates back to their consecutive victories in the 2019 Final Four.

“Kailangan ako yung huling taong nakatayo,” said Laure, who also had 20 digs and 19 excellent catches. “Ako dapat yung huling susuko kahit suko na lahat ng ko teammates. Kailangan di ako susuko for makita nila na lumalaban ako for lumaban rin sila. Walang aayaw.”

[I have to be the last man standing. I should be the last one to give up from the team even we’re down. I have to keep on fighting so I can lead by example that no one will give up.]

“Facing La Salle is not easy. His system is strong and successful. We are happy to win (back-to-back games) against them,” he added.

Ysa Jimenez of the UST.  PHOTO UAAP

Ysa Jimenez of the UST. PHOTO UAAP

In addition to Laure, who also scored four points in a row when the fourth set was tied at 21, UST coach Kungfu Reyes also drew ample contributions from Ysa Jimenez with 13 points and Camille Victoria and KC Galdones added 11 markers apiece.

Setter MaFe Galanza dished out an excellent 31 sets as UST rallied from Tuesday’s loss to the University of the Philippines, which tied for second with identical 3-1 records.

“I can’t do it alone. I’m happy with the team’s support system tonight. While we were on the court, he was telling everyone, ‘Ang galing mo!’ said Laure, who also scored 28 in her previous game but had a losing result. “I am very grateful to my teammates. I will trust them no matter what.”

La Salle absorbed him second consecutive losssliding to a 2-2 tie with Adamson.

Leiah Malaluan scored a career best 26 points built on 24 attacks and two aces to go with 22 excellent receptions and 18 digs. Jolina Dela Cruz and Thea Gagate each had 12 points, while Soreno added 11.

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