UAAP Season 81 Final Four: FEU puts ghost of Season 80 behind
Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2019 07:02 PM
Far Eastern University settled an unfinished business Saturday after showing Ateneo de Manila University the exit door in the UAAP Season 81 men's Final Four.
Far Eastern University made sure that the ghost of last year’s Final Four won’t come back to haunt them.
The Tamaraws didn’t need their twice-to-beat advantage this time as FEU booted out Ateneo de Manila University, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball Final Four at the MOA Arena.
“Gusto po namin na ‘di maulit ang nakaraan na mangyari po. Kumbaga trabaho lang bawat isa para di mabalik ang history na natalo kami last season,” said JP Bugaon, who had 13 points.
FEU made its return to the Finals after six years and made the Blue Eagles miss the championship round for the first time in six seasons.
But the Tams got quite a scare in the opening frame.
The set loss gave FEU players a quick flashback of their monumental collapse last year when they were beaten twice by Ateneo behind five-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo.
Espejo registered a record 55-point game in the same venue in their first meeting that forced a decider before the Blue Eagles finished them off in the sudden death.
“Nandoon kami sa point na ‘yun pero sabi ko ibang season na ito eh, Season 81 na ito eh, Season 80 ‘yun eh,” said graduating hitter Richard Solis.
FEU recovered in the second set and after coming back from a 0-5 deficit on the third turned the tide to its favor.
“Di namin hahayaan na kung ano ang nangyari last year mangyayari uli ngayon,” said Solis. “Pinagtrabahuhan talaga naming mabuti para manalo sa game.”
“Sabi nga ni Kuya Richard na ibang istorya ito. Season 80 yun, Season 81 ngayon,” Bugaoan added.
The Tams, who last claimed the title in Season 74, will face in the best-of-three Finals the winner between defending champion National University and Adamson University in the other semis pairing.
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