UAAP VOLLEYBALL: FEU secures at least a playoff for a semis advantage

Mark Escarlote on Apr 11, 2018 01:59 PM
FEU secures at least a playoff for a semis advantage
Far Eastern University clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage.

Far Eastern University relied on its solid net defense and clutch plays of JP Bugaoan and Redijohn Paler late in the fifth set to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in the 80th UAAP men's volleyball tournament.

The Tamaraws recovered from a 1-2 match deficit to walk away with an all-important 28-26, 14-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-12 win over University of Sto. Tomas Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

FEU tied National University and three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University with its 11th win in 13 matches.

Paler gave the Morayta-based squad a 12-10 lead in a tightly-contested fifth frame on a kill block.

UST answered in the next play but a costly attack error by Arnold Bautista that went straight to the net followed by a kill block by Bugaoan pushed FEU at match point.

Joshua Umandal saved a match point on an off the block kill before Paler finished off the Tigers with a kill at the middle as the Tams escaped with a grind it out win.

Bugaoan led FEU with 18 points including 16 off kills, Paler had 16 markers off 13 spikes, two kill blocks and an ace while Jude Garcia had 13 points. 

Peter Quiel chipped in 10 markers for the Tams, whose last assignment is against De La Salle University on Sunday.

The Espana-based squad dropped to 5-8 slate tied with the Green Spikers and are on a precarious position in the race for the last Final Four berth.

UST must win against Adamson (6-7) on Saturday to force a playoff for the last semis slot.

Tyrone Carodan registered 20 points in a lost cause while Umandal and Bautista had 17 markers each for the Tigers, who gave away 29 points off errors. 

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