UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU snatches first back-to-back wins

Mark Escarlote on Feb 24, 2018 04:14 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU snatches first back-to-back wins
Far Eastern University sparked their first winning streak of the season with a four-set win over University of the East.

Far Eastern University overcame a sluggish showing Saturday to score its second straight win in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after beating University of the East, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Struggling at the start of their campaign, the Lady Tamaraws finally plucked their first back-to-back victories for a 3-2 win-loss record tied with Ateneo de Manila University but found the Lady Warriors a tough nut to crack.

UE, which played under interim coach Rod Roque after Francis Vicente resigned from his post, made life difficult for FEU the whole match before the Lady Tams survived the Lady Warriors’ onslaught with veterans Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and Toni Rose Basas providing the much-needed points.

"It's a good comeback sa amin kasi galing kami sa dalawang talo and hopefully ma-sustain namin hanggang sa dulo ng season," said FEu coach George Pascua.  

Pons dropped 21 points, all from attacks, while adding 24 digs to lead the Lady Tams. Domingo had 19 markers from 11 kills, six kill blocks and a pair of service aces while Heather Guino-o and Basas scored 12 for the Morayta-based squad.  

FEU had some scary moments in the fourth set after UE saved a match point, 24-22, before coming away with the win on a miscue by the Lady Warriors in the last play.   

The Lady Warriors tied the first set at 19 before the Lady Tams dropped a closing 6-1 blitz to put away UE.

FEU again struggled to shake off the Lady Warriors early in the second frame but found its form midway in the set to control the tempo.

UE lost utility hitter Jana Sta. Maria early in the third set after tweaking her right ankle. The Lady Warriors used it as rallying point to take a 19-17 lead but the Lady Tams answered with five straight points to take a 23-19 advantage.

UE blasted five straight points with Mary Anne Mendrez pushing UE at set point 24-23 on back-to-back hits. Celine Domingo tied saved a set point on a block kill but Mendrez lifted the Lady Warriors with a hit and a service ace to steal the frame.  

UE suffered its sixth loss in as many outings and 14th in a row since the second round eliminations of Season 79. 

Mendrez finished with a season-high 21 points, Shaya Adorador had 18 markers while prized libero Kat Arado put up monster production on defense with 40 digs and 15 excellent receptions. 



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