UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU solidifies Final Four bid, pushes UST on the brink of elimination
Far Eastern University added more woes to an already slumping University of Sto. Tomas.
Far Eastern University rebounded mightily from a setback with an emphatic 25-21, 25-21, 25-23, victory over slumping University of Sto. Tomas Wednesday to boost its Final Four bid in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws occupied the solo third spot with a 6-3 win-loss record as FEU bounced back from a straight sets loss to Ateneo de Manila University a week ago.
The Lady Tams took advantage of the Tigresses suspect service reception to land 19 service winners while pounding away with 31 attack points led by Bernadeth Pons.
“Yung receive. Yun naman talaga ang observation namin. Niremind ko sila na nung tinalo namin (ang UST sa first round), ang dami naming service ace," said FEU coach George Pascua. "'Yun ang factor, nanalo kami dahil sa mga service namin. Hopefully ang service namin maging effective siya ulit sa mga upcoming games."
Pons erased a five-point outing against Ateneo with a 15-point perfomance to submit the Espana-based squad anchored on 13 attacks while adding eight excellent receives and 18 digs for the Lady Tams. Toni Rose Basas had 10 points, Heather Guino-o scored four of her nine points on aces while Kyle Negrito had seven markers with five off the service line for FEU.
The Morayta-based squad was in control of the third set, 22-17, but Sisi Rondina willed the Tigresses back to tie the score at 22. But Dimdim Pacres committed a service error on the next play, Pons scored an off the block hit before Czarina Carandang buried the final nail in the coffin of UST with a service ace.
UST absorbed its fifth defeat in a row for a 2-7 slate at the cellar. The Tigresses were swept by the Lady Tams in their elims head-to-head and are now on the brink of missing the Final Four cut.
Rondina finished with 11 points as the only UST player in double figures. Pacres had eight while Fil-Italian rookie Milena Alessandrini returned to open spiker position after playing libero in the Tigresses' four-set loss to University of the East the last time out and chipped in six markers.
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