FEU stops two-game skid, still alive in semis race
Mark Escarlote on Mar 29, 2017 04:32 PM
Far Eastern University kept its Final Four hopes alive with a straight sets win over University of the East.
Far Eastern University arrested a two-game slide with a straight sets demolition of University of the East, 25-14, 25-18 27-25, Wednesday and willed its way back on the right track to clinch a Final Four berth in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws improved to a 6-6 win-loss record but faced quite a challenge in the third set, needing to come back from two set point disadvantages to stave off the Lady Warriors.
FEU must win its last two outings for a good chance to advance in the next round and join early Final Four qualifiers Ateneo de Manila and defending champion De La Salle University. The Lady Tams’ next two games are against other Final Four contenders National University on Saturday and University of the Philippines next week.
“Medyo mabigat pa ang pagdadaanan namin, ‘yun pa gagawin lang namin ang best namin. Siyempre una sa Saturday muna against NU, doon muna kami magpo-focus,” said FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos.
Bernadeth Pons and Jeanette Villarreal delivered 11 points each while team captain Remy Palma had nine markers for the Lady Tams.
FEU saw its 21-18 lead in the third set evaporate with the Lady Warriors scoring three straight points to tie the frame at 21. UE was at set point 24-23 with a running hit by setter Roselle Baliton.
But Lady Warrior Judith Abil overshot her attack on the next play before FEU again gave UE another set point advantage after a service error by Ivana Agudo. Baliton committed a service error that tied the frame at 25 before the Lady Tams sealed the win with a Palma kill block on Seth Rodriguez followed by an attack error by Mary Anne Mendrez.
“Medyo nag-relax ulit pero good thing nakakapit pa rin ang team namin,” Delos Santos said of their third set performance.
Skipper Shaya Adorador was the only UE player in double figures with 11. Angelica Dacaymat and Abil scored eight and six, respectively, for the 1-11 Lady Warriors.
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