Lady Tamaraws keep season alive after surviving La Salle in 5 sets

Paul Lintag on Apr 17, 2016 07:39 PM
Lady Tamaraws keep season alive after surviving La Salle
The Lady Tamaraws live to fight another day after erasing La Salle's twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

FEU pushed the De La Salle Lady Spikers to five sets back in round 2 only to fail at the end.

FEU did it again in the Final Four, but with bigger stakes this time around, the Lady Tamaraws got the job done to erase La salle's twice-to-beat advantage and force a knockout game for the last finals slot.

Bernadeth Pons and company overcame a two-set deficit to score a huge 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 16-14, victory over the Lady Spikers in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 78 women's volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena Sunday.

Back-to-back attacking errors by La Salle gave FEU the victory in an extended fifth set, 16-14, but not before the Lady Tamaraws took two match points to put pressure on the Lady Spikers.

"Sobrang thank you kay God kasi di kami pinabayaan," head coach Shaq Delos Santos said. "Kasi yung start namin parang naulit lang yung second round pero sinabi ko nga sa mga bata ibang usapan na to kasi mas napag-handaan na natin yung pwedeng mangyari."

"Luckily nakuha namin yung fifth set," he added.

Down two sets to none, Pons came out guns ablaze in the third set but it was team captain Remy Palma that finished the job to put FEU on the board, 1-2.

The same script followed in set four as the Lady Tamaraws forced a deciding fifth set, 25-23.

It was back-and-forth in the final frame with Jerrili Malabanan breaking a 13-all deadlock to give FEU match point no. 1, 14-13.

The Lady Spikers managed to stay alive after a service error from FEU but their own mistakes handed the victory to the Morayta-based squad.

Pons finished with a game-high 22 points to lead FEU while Palma added 18. Toni Rose Basas scored 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws.

Over at the La Salle side, Kim Dy scored 20 points but it was not enough to send the Lady Spikers to their eight straight finals outright.

Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo finished with 14 apiece.

The knockout game between the Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Spikers is on Wednesday with the winner meeting two-time defending champion Ateneo in the finals.


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