UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Gusto namin makuha ang twice-to-beat (sa semis) -- Pons
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 06:53 PM
Meron pa kaming three remaining games and kailangan namin maipanalo ‘yun kasi gusto namin makuha ‘yung pangalawang spot, first or second na spot para mas may advantage kami pagdating ng semis -- Bernadeth Pons
Far Eastern University top hitter Bernadeth Pons is not just looking at bringing the Lady Tamaraws back in the Final Four.
She and the rest of her FEU crew want to claim a semifinals twice-to-beat advantages in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The Lady Tams moved a couple of wins away from formalizing their entry to their fourth straight Final Four appearance after conquering University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
With a 7-4 win-loss record at solo third spot, the Morayta-based squad is on the right track for the remaining three semifinals spots after grand slam-seeking De La Salle University booked the first seat.
FEU still has Adamson, University of the East and National University in its list of assignments.
“Meron pa kaming three remaining games and kailangan namin maipanalo ‘yun kasi gusto namin makuha ‘yung pangalawang spot, first or second na spot para mas may advantage kami pagdating ng semis,” said Pons, who had 15 points, 20 digs and 18 excellent receptions.
Since Season 77, FEU came up short of advancing to the Finals after falling victim to teams with semis incentives.
“Mas malaki ang advantage kapag twice-to-beat ka eh so ‘yun gusto namin makuha ang spot na ‘yun para mas may advantage na kami padating sa semis,” said Pons, who is on her last playing year. “Kasi noong mga past years palagi kami sa baba, ‘yung kalaban namin hindi namin natatalo so hindi kami nakakaakyat. Kahit ano naman pero mas gusto namin na may advantage kami sa semis.”
The Lady Tams have yet to advance to the Finals since the then Rachel Anne Daquis-led FEU fell victim to the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University in Season 71.
“Sabi na ni coach (George Pascua) marami pa kaming trabaho eh so sisimulan pa rin namin sa training, pag-aaralan namin every team na makakalaban namin and kailangan tyagain and trabahuhin talaga namin every team na makakalaro naming,” Pons said.
(To be updated)
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