FEU sweeps prelims, brings 2-0 carryover record in quarters

Mark Escarlote on Aug 20, 2016 07:11 PM
FEU sweeps prelims, brings 2-0 carryover record in quarters
Jerrili Malabanan of Far Eastern University blocked Kathy Bersola of University of the Philippines.

Far Eastern University banked on their experience to survive a five-set thriller against erstwhile co-leader and undefeated University of the Philippines, 27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8 Saturday at The Arena in San Juan to advance in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals with a favorable carryover record.

The Lady Tamaraws completed a clean four-game sweep of Group B preliminary round to bring a 2-0 slate in the next phase, a round robin stage where the top three team in Group B will take on the squads from Group A. 

Incoming third year hitter Toni Rose Basas collected 24 points anchored on 22 attacks while Remy Palma, Jerrili Malabanan and Bernadeth Pons scored 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for FEU.      

After squandering a two-set lead, the Lady Tams opened the fifth set with guns blazing to take a 5-0 advantage. The Lady Maroons fought back to trim their deficit to one, 7-6, in a run that saw Nicole Tiamzon lace back-to-back service aces.

FEU made a strong closing run helped by a pair of errors from UP young guns Isa Molde and Diana Carlos. Palma sealed the win with a block on Molde

“Ang sabi ko lang after ng fourth set, “Kalimutan niyo na ang nangyari sa unang apat na sets, bale-wala na ‘yun. Ang importante itong fifth set kasi dito natin malalaman kung nasaan na talaga ang team natin.” Good thing naka-recover kami and nakuha namin (ang panalo),” said FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos.

UP saw its 24-20 lead in the fourth set melt to just a point after three straight errors before Carlos took the Lady Maroons out of danger with a quick swipe in the middle to force a decider.

FEU needed to comeback from an early deficit in the first two sets before taking the frames including an amazing rally from a 10-19 deficit in the opening set.

The Lady Tams in the first set even went behind, 20-24, before overhauling the deficit to steal the frame.

Carlos and Molde scored 20 points each for the Lady Maroons, who suffered their first setback after three wins to advance in the quarterfinals with a 1-1 card.




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