UAAP Season 82: FEU Tamaraws charging for the title
Mark Escarlote on Feb 13, 2020 04:58 PM
Another year, another chance for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws to capture the elusive title.
There is no question how hungry Far Eastern University is in bringing the elusive title back to Morayta.
It has been eight years since the proud winningest men’s volleyball team in the UAAP last sat on the throne.
The Tamaraws came two wins closer to ending the drought last year but still came out short.
This UAAP Season 82, FEU, led by graduating team captain JP Bugaoan, is determined to deliver the Tamaraws back to the Promised Land despite seeing the departure of Richard Solis and RJ Paler last season.
“Para sa akin 100% [confident kami na mag-champion] this year kasi lahat kasi ibinibigay namin sa ensayo,” said Bugaoan, who along with four other seniors are playing their swan songs. “Kung ano ang ginawa mo sa labas yun ang gagawin mo sa loob ng court.”
Bugaoan knows that he shares the same fire to win it all with other graduating players Peter Quiel, Jude Garcia, setter Owen Suarez and Kris Silang.
It will be an all-out final season for the them, and they vow to this time complete an unfinished business after getting swept by defending champion National University last year in the Finals.
“Yung eagerness talaga, yung kagustuhan namin na makuha ang championship ngayon. Kasi marami nga kaming magi-exit so gusto naming mga seniors na pag-exit namin ay mabalik ang crown doon sa FEU,” said Bugaoan.
The veteran middle sees their runner-up finish last year – FEU’s first championship round stint since ending in second place in Season 75 – as a rallying point this season. The lessons learned from last year will be their fuel to shoot for the throne.
“Yung pinakamalaking natutunan talaga namin last season ay ‘yung mga winorkout namin ay kulang pa last year,” Bugaoan said. “’Yung mga pagkukulang namin na yun wino-work talaga namin ng double ngayong season na ito para makuha namin ang championship.”
Although it’s a no-brainer that the Tams have their eyes on their championship series tormentors, who lost a dangerous scorer in Season 81 MVP Bryan Bagunas, Bugaoan points out that they are not taking any team lightly this season. FEU sees everyone as a threat in their goal.
“Pare-pareho naman kaming nagi-ensayo at pareho lang kami na may programa sa training. So hindi namin tinitingnan kung may mababa o sakto lang,” Bugaoan said. “Lahat tintingnan namin na mataas talaga para ‘yung pagtatrabaho namin sa loob ng court pare-pareho lang.”
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