Angeline Poyos gives her career best to lead the UST Tigresses in the UAAP Season 86 women's volleyball tournament. –MARLO CUETO/

MANILA, Philippines – Angeline Poyos erupted for a season-high 31 points as the University of Santo Tomas clinched the first Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 86 women's volleyball tournament at the expense of Adamson, 22-25, 25- 20, 26-24, 25-20, on Wednesday night.

Revitalized after a long layoff, Poyos defeated the enemy with 27 attacks on top of three aces and a block to lead the Tigresses to their ninth victory with just one setback to show for it.

“This is a comeback game for us. I took advantage of the break to reflect and recover. I’m grateful that I was able to contribute and give 100 percent in this game,” Poyos said after matching former UST star Eya Laure’s performance in Season 84 against Ateneo.

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The rookie hitter also eclipsed the previous season's best with 30 points, courtesy of University of the East freshman Casiey Dongallo, who accomplished the feat in five sets against Far Eastern University in the first round.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Tigresses saw their bid for a possible sweep disappear after the National University Lady Bulldogs snapped their streak before the Lenten break.

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UST Tigresses at the UAAP Season 86 Women's Volleyball Tournament. –MARLO CUETO/

Jonah Perdido supported Poyos with 12 points in addition to 13 receptions, two blocks and a serve, while Reg Jurado also contributed 12 points that went along with 11 digs.

“It was a bit of luck that we made it to the Final Four. They have earned the dividends of their hard work and sacrifice,'' UST coach Kungfu Reyes said after reaching the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.

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Bernadett Pepito guarded her fort with 17 receptions and 21 digs, while Cassie Carballo had 19 excellent sets that produced a large fraction of her 64 kills.

The Lady Falcons gave UST a scare in the opening frame, with Barbie Jamili and Ishie Lalongisip launching upsets at the net.

Lalongisip tied the score with an authoritative hit and Jamili added the last three points of the first set that caught the Tigresses off guard.

Jamili delivered a cross-court strike to the UST back row, followed by a blocking strike before sealing it with an off-speed strike.

The Tigresses immediately regrouped in the second set, but not without any threat hanging over their heads.

Poyos attacked twice, which interspersed the death outside of Jurado's block to rescue them from a seesaw.

Bianca Plaza sneakily added a quick push and an ace from Poyos brought the Tigresses within safer distance, 22-17, before the Lady Falcons committed back-to-back errors that weakened their cause.

Jurado ended the set with another powerful strike as UST tied things up in the third set.

Jamili led the Lady Falcons with 20 attacks, with Lalongisip adding 14 points and Ayesha Juegos scoring 12 in another woeful loss, her seventh overall in nine games.

The Tigresses looked poised to close out the next frame as Poyos poked holes in Adamson's defense.

But mistakes dogged them, allowing the Lady Falcons to counterattack with May Ann Nuique's hammer tying it at 24. Plaza saved the Tigresses with a bottom line strike and an ace on set point.

Poyos again took command near the end of the fourth and final set, scoring on a variety of hits capped by a powerful jump serve and allowing UST to pull away for good.

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Jurado landed a cross body slam and Perdido dropped a back spike before Mary Coronado closed it out with a kill at the line.

“We will continue working. Prepare hard for the following games, improve our skills and correct our mistakes,'' said Reyes as he aims for first place with four games remaining, which means a two-fold advantage in the semi-finals.