FEU back on the winning track, sends UE to 0-4
Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2017 04:20 PM
Bernadeth Pons led Far Eastern University in win over University of the East for 2-2 slate.
Far Eastern University made sure that it won’t make the same mistakes it did the last time out to weather the upset attempt of the University of the East Lady Warriors Saturday.
The Lady Tamaraws gored the Lady Warriors, 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-11, to get back on the winning track and even its record in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
FEU improved its record to 2-2 and bounced back from a five-set loss at the hands of the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles last Sunday where the Lady Tams squandered a 2-1 match lead.
Veterans Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma teamed up to dismantle UE in the fourth set after the Lady Warriors stole the third frame with a gutsy stand down the closing stretch.
"Siyempre di OK para sa akin (ang nangyari sa third set) pero good thing lang natututo kami sa mga pagkakamali namin at may chance kami na maitama ang mga pagkukulang namin," said FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos, who refused to divulge the reason of benching hitter Toni Basas.
Pons finished with 17 points, 16 coming off attacks, while adding 18 digs and nine excellent receptions for the Lady Tams. Jerrili Malabanan had 15 points while Palma and Heather Guino-o got nine and eight markers, respectively.
FEU broke open the fourth set with an early barrage for an 8-2 gap. The Lady Tams widened its lead to 23-11 to extinguish the fight out of the Lady Warriors.
UE built a 19-17 lead in the third frame but FEU overtook the Lady Warriors, 21-20, after Heather Guino-o’s kill block on Judith Abil. It was a see-saw battle in the next plays but a wide running hit by Palma sent UE at set point, 24-23.
An off speed hit by Pons tied it at 24 before Lady Warriors team captain overcooked her attack to give FEU the match point. Pons was denied in the next play before sending her attack long to put UE back on top, 26-25. Adorador smashed an attack that clipped the hand of Pons as the Lady Warriors extended the match.
UE’s woes continued as the Lady Warriors dropped their fourth straight game of the season to remain down the cellar. The Recto-based squad gave away 41 points off errors.
Adorador bounced back from a one-point performance in UE's straight sets loss to University of Sto. Tomas with 12 points while Mary Anne Mendrez got 10.
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