Naunahan kami -- FEU skipper Palma on loss to NU

Mark Escarlote on Aug 24, 2016 09:53 PM
Naunahan kami -- FEU skipper Palma on loss to NU
Naunahan kami at nahirapan na kaming makabalik -- FEU's Remy Palma

In volleyball the fifth set is decided by spurts and runs.

For the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, they were slow to draw the gun.

“Nakauna sila,” said Lady Tams’ skipper Remy Palma after FEU saw its four-game winning run get snapped by the National University, 17-25, 26-24, 25-14, 18-25, 11-15, Wednesday in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

 “Naunahan kami at nahirapan na kaming makabalik. Nakadikit pero nabitawan pa rin,” said Palma, who scored 14 points in the teams second straight five-set match in four days.

NU took the first Final Four ticket with a 3-1 record while FEU dropped to 2-1 slate tied with San Sebastian College, which the Lady Tams will face on Saturday. FEU swept the 4-game preliminary round including a five-set escape over University of the Philippines last Saturday.

The Morayta-based squad squandered a 2-1 match lead and were buried by the Lady Bulldogs, 10-4, in the fifth frame. The Lady Tams were able narrow down their deficit to 12-10 only to see NU close the match with a 3-1 blast.     

“Once na fifth set mabilis lang ‘yan eh. Kung sino ang makalamang ng dalawa o tatlo parang nasa kanya na ang momentum kasi sobrang 10 to 15 minutes tapos na ang fifth set na ‘yan eh,” she said.

The incoming fifth year veteran said that they are taking the loss as a lesson learned and a challenge to face head on.

“Medyo nag-relax kami (sa 2-1 lead) pero OK lang ‘yan kasi challenge ‘yan para at least para magising kami na marami pa rin kaming kulang sa team naming. Na kailangan naming paghirapan each and every game na makakaharap namin lalo na’t quarterfinals na,” Palma said.

“Wake up call lang din ito sa amin.”

FEU will close the quarterfinals on August 31 against Ateneo. 




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