Lady Tams bolster Final Four seat bid
Mark Escarlote on Mar 19, 2016 05:19 PM
Far Eastern University moved to solo fourth spot in a thrilling escape over National University.
Far Eastern University escaped with 27-25, 25-17, 22-25, 26-28, 15-10, win against National University to occupy the solo fourth spot and get in a good position in the race for the last three semifinals seats in the 78th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City Saturday.
The Lady Tamaraws got back in the win column to improve to 6-5 win-loss record, just half a game behind University of the Philippines (6-4).
“’Yung focus lang din ng mga bata (ang nagdala sa amin). Sabi ko kasi sa mga bata, ‘Lagi nyong ibigay ang lahat. Unang-una hangga’t maaari hindi na tayo pwedeng matalo kasi yung standing natin sorang close. Once na matalo ka dyan delikado ka maiiwan ka,’” said FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos.
Bernadeth Pons registered a career-high 30 points from 27 kills a pair of aces and a kill block to lead the Morayta-based squad while Toni Basas and Jerrili Malabanan posted 21 and 20 markers, respectively, for FEU. Skipper Remy Palma had 13.
The Lady Tams started hot in the fifth set, racing to an 11-7 advantage on a Malabanan kill. Basas scored two hits in a 2-1 exchange to push FEU at match point, 14-9. Jaja Santiago saved a match point for the Lady Bulldogs hammering down an attack but the 6-foot-5 middle blocker committed a net touch to hand FEU the win.
The Lady Bulldogs squandered an 18-13 lead in the opening set as the Lady Tamaraws capitalize to steal the frame. FEU again rallied from an early 9-12 deficit with 10 unanswered points for a seven-point lead to control the frame before taking a 2-0 match lead.
NU recovered in the next two frames including the tightly contested match-extending fourth set but lost main libero Bia General in the closing stretch when teammate Jasmine Nabor rolled over the defensive specialist’s right elbow.
Santiago had a season-high 28 points in a lost cause while Myla Pablo had 17. Jorelle Singh finished with nine markers as the Lady Bulldogs slid to fifth place with 5-6 record.
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