University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University completed the second round cast after dominating their respective foes in the Shakey’s Super League Collegiate Pre-season Championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum over the weekend.
The Tigresses swept Pool B following a 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 beating of Lyceum of the Philippines University behind stellar performances from Angeli Abellana and Regina Jurado on Saturday.
UST closed the group stage with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record to join the Lady Falcons, who defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College in straight sets 25-14, 25-14, 25-19, in the second round along with De La Salle University and Far Eastern University in Pool F.
Facing off in the other second round bracket are University of the Philippines, University of Perpetual Help, reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines champion National University and Ateneo de Manila University.
In the second round which will begin next week, teams will play another round robin against the squads they have not faced in the first round to determine their rankings in the knockout quarterfinals.
Abellana scored 15 points to pace the Tigresses while Jurado added 12 points including nine off kills. Xyza Gula chipped in seven attacks and an ace for the Espana-based squad.
“At least my young players are stepping up. It’s good that we have the momentum going into the second round,” UST coach Kungfu Reyes said.
The Lady Pirates, who were relegated to the classification round, absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-2 card.
Zonxi Dahab and Joan Doguna led Lyceum with eight and seven points, respectively.
Adamson, on the other hand, banked on the trio of Lucille Almonte Aprylle Tagsip and May Ann Nuique to finish Pool B at second spot with a 3-1 slate.
Almonte, Tagsip and Nuique had 10 points each for the Lady Falcons, who kept the Lady Generals winless.
In the other Saturday match, National Collegiate Athletic Association champion College of St. Benilde closed its Pool D campaign on a winning note after toppling listless Letran, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19, for a 1-2 slate.
Gayle Pascual finished with 12 points off eight kills and four kill blocks while Mycah Go and Clydel Catarig had 10 and nine points, respectively, for the Lady Blazers.
Meanwhile, San Beda University edged EAC, 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, in the classification round on Sunday.
Still playing as of press time in the classification round are San Sebastian College against Mapua University, Letran and Jose Rizal University, and Arellano University versus Saint Benilde.
The match between Lyceum and University of the East was canceled due to health and safety protocols.