Sta. Lu­cia dumps Vic­to­ria-UST

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News - BFP Fire­fight­ers' Rob Wain­wright (left) and Jef­frey Quiambao bat­tle for the re­bound dur­ing their UNTV game last Sun­day which the Fire­fight­ers won, 104-97. By KRIS­TEL SATUMBAGA

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Sta. Lu­cia fi­nally en­tered the win­ner’s cir­cle yes­ter­day as it routed Vic­to­ria Sports-Univer­sity of Santo To­mas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19, in the 2017 Philippine Su­perliga Grand Prix at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Real­tors banked on their ag­gres­sive at­tacks late in the first two sets be­fore dom­i­nat­ing the third to snap their three-game los­ing skid and im­prove to 1-3.

The win not only pulled Sta. Lu­cia out of the cel­lar it shared with UST but also tied it with the Iriga City Oragons.

The Ti­gresses, how­ever, skid­ded to their third straight de­feat in as many out­ings to re­main at the bot­tom.

Im­port Bo­hdana Anisova spear­headed the Lady Real­tors with 13 points in­clud­ing 11 kills, even as for­eign re­in­force­ment Marisa Field and Pam Las­ti­mosa chipped in 11 points apiece.

Las­ti­mosa high­lighted her per­for­mance with nine hits, while Field had three blocks and two aces.

Sta. Lu­cia coach Jerry Yee cred­ited his play­ers’ all-around of­fense, but ad­mit­ted they still need to im­prove on their de­fense.

“Yung de­pensa namin may bu­tas pa. Marami pa rin kam­ing lapses, but we’re try­ing to cut down our er­rors. Baby steps,” said Yee.

UST started strong with kills on all an­gles but saw its floor de­fense col­lapse as Sta. Lu­cia erased an 18-15 deficit by scor­ing 10 of the last 11 points for the first-set vic­tory.

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