UAAP Season 81: Lady Tams survive scare to get back on the right track
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2019 04:50 PM
Far Eastern University rediscovered its winning ways after surviving a five-set thriller over Adamson University.
ANTIPOLO CITY --- Far Eastern University survived Adamson University’s upset bid and a couple of injury scares to carve out a 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, win Sunday to get back on the winning track in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Ynares Sports Center here.
The Lady Tamaraws paid a stiff price for their fifth win in eight games after losing Jeanette Villareal to a right ankle injury in the opening set and rookie Lycha Ebon, who hurt her right knee early in the deciding frame.
Jerrili Malabanan broke a 13-13 tie in the tight fifth set with a crosscourt hit before Celine Domingo took advantage of Adamson’s overreceive for the game-winning dink.
"'Yung sa amin kasi good na nanalo pero bad yung mga players ko hopefully hindi ganoon ka-severe yung injury nila. Sana makabalik sila sa next game nila," said FEU coach George Pascua. "Sabi ko sa mga players ko, 'Kailangan kung wala ang isa kailanan nandoon pa rin sila.' Kumbaga maglalaro sila dahil gusto nila na tulungan ang kasama nila. Hindi yung wala na tapos mawawala pa. Mas masakit ang mararamdaman yung may injured na gustong maglaro pa. Buti na lang kahit papaano na-handle namin ang ganoong situation."
Ebon, who hurt her knee after putting FEU up 3-1 in the fifth set, finished with 19 points with 16 coming off attacks while Heather Guino-o got 14 markers. Kyle Negrito tallied 23 excellent sets to help the Lady Tams score 60 attacks points and added nine points while Czarina Carandang and Malabanan got eight markers each.
Ivana Agudo came offt the bench and scored three of her four points in the fifth set for the Morayta-based squad. Villareal only had one point in a short stint after twisting her ankle in the extended fist set with the game tied at 26.
FEU went up 11-6 in the fifth frame only to see Adamson tie it at 11 and an MJ Igao soft tap. The Lady Tams scored two straight points before the Lady Falcons answered with two of their own capped by a Bernadette Flora kill.
The Lady Tams broke an 11-11 fourth set with a telling run to take a 21-17 lead. FEU made a 3-1 scoring spurt to take a 24-18 advantage before Adamson saved two set points. Flora committed an attack error in the last play to force a decider.
Adamson bowed down for the fourth straight game to slide to 1-7 card at the cellar.
Eli Soyud finished with 17 points, Chaira Permentilla and Joy Dacoron had 15 markers each while Flora posted 11 points for the Lady Falcons.
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