Lady Tams face Tigresses in beach volleyball Finals anew
Mark Escarlote on Oct 13, 2017 06:12 PM
Far Eastern University's Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza set up a UAAP women's beach volleyball Finals rematch against University of Sto. Tomas Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray.
Far Eastern University set up another championship date against archrival and unbeaten defending champion University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM by the Bay Friday.
The twice-to-beat Lady Tamaraws tandem of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza dominated Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines, 21-8, 21-18, in their rain-delayed stepladder semifinals match to march back into the best-of-three Finals against the Tigresses pair of Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray.
Due to inclement weather, Game 1 of the championship series, which was supposed to be played Friday afternoon, was postponed and moved Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Heavy rain and strong winds halted the match briefly with FEU leading 18-16 in the second set. But the short stoppage proved to be just a short delay as Lady Tams continued with their rampage when game resumed to secure the last Finals slot.
UP showed De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna the exit door Thursday night, 17-21, 21-19, 15-12, in the first semis stepladder match.
UST swept the seven-game elimination round to advance outright to the Finals that duplicated their feat last year. The Tigresses needed three games to turn back the Lady Tams and reclaim the crown last year.
In the men’s division, defending champion UST returned to the Finals after KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto eliminated the tandem of last year’s runner-up Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica of Far Eastern University, 21-17, 21-16, in the stepladder semis.
The Tigers will challenge the unbeaten National University pair of Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad in the best-of-three Finals Saturday.
FEU booted out Ateneo's Marck Espejo and Karl Baysa, 21-15, 21-16, in Thursday's night opening men's stepladder match.
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