Lady Tams grab last semis ticket
Far Eastern University advanced to the best-of-three semifinals.
Far Eastern University was in all sorts of trouble early in the match before rediscovering its form to book the last Group A semifinals ticket against upset-conscious Lyceum of the Philippines University, 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17, Monday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The undermanned Lady Tamaraws started out flat but recovered just in time to end the elimination round with a 4-1 win-loss record.
FEU, which played without its UAAP beach volleyball bets Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, joined unbeaten National University in the best-of-three Final Four against the top seed of Group B. Adamson University, still playing as of posting time against San Beda College, sports a 4-0 slate while semis-bound Arellano University holds a 4-1 card.
FEU’s victory formally eliminated Ateneo de Manila University (3-2) in the semis race. The Final Four will begin on Wednesday.
"'Yun talaga ang problema namin ang tempo, mabagal sa first set," said Lady Tams coach George Pascua. "Expect ko magdidikit talaga kasi no pressure sa kanila pero sa amin turning point namin ito para sa semis."
Toni Rose Basas finished with 21 points including 17 off attacks while Jerrili Malabanan got nine markers in three sets of action for FEU.
The Lady Tams had an awful start, trailing by as much as 5-16 in the opening set as FEU to surrendered the frame.
FEU saw its 15-5 lead in the second set evaporate and even squandered a 24-21 advantage in the frame as the Lady Pirates forced a 24-24 deuce after back-to-back aces by Christine Miralles. The Lady Tams held the set point twice more but LPU answered each time before FEU closed the frame with back-to-back hits capped by a crosscourt kill by Toni Basas.
With their rhythm back, FEU coasted in the next two sets to seal the win and take the last ride to the semis.
The Lady Pirates ended their campaign with a 1-4 slate.
Miralles capped her stint with 12 points while Rocelyn Hongria got 11 for the Intramuros-based squad.
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