UST, NU tied at top halfway through girls' volley season

By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--University of Santo Tomas posted twin victories over the weekend to tie defending girls champion National University in first place at the end of first round action of the UAAP Season 78 high school volleyball tournament at the Adamson University gym.

The Junior Tigresses beat De La Salle-Zobel, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14, and University of the East, 25-16, 25-22, 25-11, to give the Season 77 second placers a 5-1 record.

The Bullpups bid for a first round sweep got stalled by Adamson, 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 12-25, 11-15 last Saturday before bouncing back on the next day with an emphatic 25-14, 25-11, 25-8 victory over Far Eastern University-Diliman to also finish at 5-1.

The Alabang-based Junior Lady Spikers settled for third with a 4-2 slate after a 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 decision over the Baby Falcons.

UE is running fourth at 3-3, followed by joint fifth placers Adamson and FEU-Diliman, both sporting 2-4 cards.

In the boys division, NU completed a six-game sweep of the first round after beating last season's runner-up Ateneo, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16, and UST, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14, 15-8.

The Junior Warriors wound up second with a 5-1 slate, as the reigning champions downed the Tiger Cubs, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, and the Baby Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20.

FEU-Diliman ended up the first round at 4-2 in third spot, while UST is in fourth with an even 3-3 card. The Blue Eaglets are in fifth place at 2-4.