UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU takes down NU for first time in season
Bernadeth Pons got together with Chinchin Basas to grant FEU its biggest win thus far in the season
Without a doubt, Far Eastern University was the more determined, more consistent team on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Bernadeth Pons and Chinchin Basas proved that all throughout their match against National University as they willed the Lady Tamaraws into a well-earned four-set win, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, and 25-20.
Pons scored 18 points and delivered whenever her team needed it while Basas scattered 16 markers of her own.
They were no two-woman show, though, as FEU also got much-welcome contributions from Cel Domingo who had 12 points as well as setter Kyle Negrito who had nine points and 25 excellent sets.
Behind that total team effort, the Lady Tamaraws became the first team to take down the Lady Bulldogs in the season. “Malaking bagay ‘to para sa amin kasi first time nilang matalo. Hopefully, ma-sustain pa yung consistency and effort,” a beaming head coach George Pascua said post-game.
Their biggest win thus far in the tournament also raises their record to an impressive 4-2 – all even with Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University for the second spot.
FEU was actually very close to sweeping the match, with the tally tied at 25-all in the second before Aiko Urdas pulled out the set in favor of NU.
They wasted no time in bouncing back, however, as Pons and Basas spearheaded their unstoppable charge in the third and fourth sets.
While the offense was on-point, the Lady Tamaraws’ defense was no slouch either as it limited Jaja Santiago to just 13 points.
Now, they hope they can do the exact same thing when they close out the first round up against University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday. “’Di pa tapos ang first round, focused pa rin kami dun,” Pons remarked.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Risa Sato topped the scoring column with 14 points.
Even with their very first setback, they remain in solo first with a 5-1 record.
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