UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU inches closer to a Final Four spot

Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 04:24 PM
UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU inches closer to a Final Four spot
Far Eastern University stepped closer to clinching a Final Four berth.

Far Eastern University rallied from a set down to carve out a 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, win over University of the Philippines Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Lady Tamaraws inched closer to a Final Four berth with their seventh win in 11 games for the solo third spot behind Ateneo de Manila University (7-3) and league-leading two-time defending champion De La Salle University.

Bernadeth Pons and Jeanette Villareal led the way with 15 points each.

Pons scored all but one of her points on attacks while adding 20 digs and 18 excellent receptions for the Morayta-based squad. Villareal had five kill blocks, seven kills and three service aces.

Celine Domingo had 11 markers while Toni Basas finished with 10 for the Lady Tams. Kyle Negrito tallied 46 excellent sets and nine points.

FEU shook off a slow start and fended off the Lady Maroons furious fight back in the fourth set to complete its elimination sweep of UP and bounce back from a sorry five-set loss to DLSU the last time out.

“Ang ginawa kasi ng UP noong una very aggressive sila. Sabi ko dapat sabayan yun. Nandun naman eagerness, timing lang nawawala pero nung nakuha na, yun OK na,” said FEU coach George Pascua.

UP kept the fourth set close with Tots Carlos scoring on an attack to close the gap, 20-19. FEU plucked four of the duel’s next five points capped by a kill block by Villareal on Carlos to push the Lady Tams at match point.

Carlos answered with a kill followed by an ace by Ayel Estranero as the Lady Maroons saved two match points before Villareal sealed the win with a running attack.  

The Lady Maroons dropped their third straight match to fall to 3-8 mark and are on the brink of falling short of a Final Four return for the second straight year.

Carlos registered 23 points on 19 kills, three kill blocks and a pair of aces while Isa Molde posted 18 markers for UP, which gave away 31 points off errors.

 

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