UAAP Season 81: Lady Tams score first back-to-back wins
Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2019 04:40 PM
Far Eastern University captured its second win in a row in a hard-fought five-set win over University of the East.
Far Eastern University sparked its first winning streak in a 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, escape over University of the East Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws needed to comeback from a 4-7 fifth set deficit to turn back the Lady Warriors and improve to 3-2 win-loss record.
"Yung pagkapanalo namin hindi siya ganoon kadali," said FEU coach George Pascua.
Rookie Lycha Ebon delivered the goods including FEU’s last two points off back-to-back hits that sent the upset-conscious UE down to its second straight defeat for a 1-4 card.
Ebon registered a career-high 21 points anchored on 17 attacks, three aces and a kill block wile Celine Domingo tallied nine kills, six kill blocks and two aces for the Lady Tams. Jeanette Villareal and freshman France Ronquillo chipped in 10 and nine markers, respectively, for FEU, which punished the usually efficient floor defense of the Lady Warriors with 12 aces.
The Lady Warriors started waxing-hot in the fifth frame after a blistering 9-0 closing spurt in the fourth to force the decider as UE built a 7-4 lead.
FEU fought back to tie the set at 7. The Lady Warriors took their last lead, 8-7, off a 1-2 play by Lai Bendong before the Lady Tams blasted four unanswered points to take an 11-8 lead capped by a Heather Guino-o ace. Me-Anne Mendrez scored for UE before FEU’s 4-0 finishing kick.
Villareal put FEU up 18-16 in the fourth frame before UE mounted a strong rally to stun the Lady Tams and force a fifth frame.
Mendrez pounded 18 kills and landed three aces for 21 points while Judith Abil scored nine but 10 of his markers from attacks and added 28 digs and 24 excellent receptions for UE. Bendong dished out 35 excellent set while Kath Arado got 28 digs in a losing effort for the Lady Warriors.
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