FEU claims Final Four top seed, drops Ateneo in three sets
Mark Escarlote on Aug 31, 2016 08:42 PM
Far Eastern University's Toni Rose Basas strikes a kill through the defense of Ateneo de Manila.
Far Eastern University clinched the top seed in the semifinals with a straight sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, win over the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles to close the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals Wednesday on a high note at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Lady Tamaraws tied National University at 4-1 carryover win-loss record but claimed the no. 1 spot because of a better tiebreak and for the first time in their three-year head-to-head matches – six in the UAAP and one in last year’s conference quarterfinals, FEU finally broke its losing streak to the blue and white.
“Yun ang pinag-uusapan namin noong Monday pa hanggang kagabi, na kailangan kung gusto man natin silang talunin kailangang simulant na natin ngayon,” said FEU coach Shaq delos Santos. “Yun nga ibinigay sa amin ni Lord so sobrang thankful kami.”
“Actually hindi lang physical ang ginawa naming pagpapakondisyon eh. Pati ‘yung mind din nila, na kailangang mag-perform din kami ng mabuti,” he added.
Remy Palma led the Morayta-based squad with 13 points coming off seven attacks, three kill blocks and three aces. Toni Rose Basas also had 13 points while Bernadeth Pons added 10 for FEU, which will face in the best-of-three semis the playoff winner between Ateneo and San Sebastian College.
NU will take on University of the Philippines in the Final Four.
After dominating the first two sets and building a 19-11 lead in the third, the Lady Tams got into trouble in the final stretch as the Lady Eagles trimmed their deficit to 22-23 before FEU closed the match with two straight points.
No player on Ateneo’s side scored in double figures as the Lady Tams net defense silenced the Lady Eagles’ hitters. The Lady Tams were able to score 14 points on kill blocks.
Ana Gopico scored nine, Julianne Samonte finished with seven while Kim Gequillana, Ponggay Gaston and skipper Michelle Morente scored six markers each for the Katipunan-based squad, which fell to 2-3 record tied with the Lady Stags.
Ateneo and SSC-R will dispute the last Final Four ticket on Saturday.
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