ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Figuring in another grueling five-setter, Far Eastern University made sure to come out on top again.
The FEU Lady Tamaraws rallied past the Adamson Lady Falcons, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, to grab a share of 3rd place in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament on Sunday, March 24, at the Ynares Center here.
The Lady Tamaraws kept their focus in the deciding 5th frame despite seeing their top rookie Lycha Ebon – who towed FEU to the decider – get stretchered out after landing awkwardly on her right knee early in the set. (READ: Top FEU rookie Lycha Ebon suffers knee injury)
Ebon still emerged as FEU's top scorer with 19 points off 16 attacks, 2 blocks and 1 ace.
Ria Duremdes also had a good performance as she made 37 excellent digs to go with 13 excellent receptions for the Lady Tamaraws.
“’Yung sa amin kasi, good na nanalo, pero bad na yung mga players ko [na-injure]. Hopefully hindi ganoon ka-severe yung mga injury nila. Sana makabalik sila sa next game namin,” said FEU head coach George Pascua about their injury-laden win.
(It's good that we won, but bad that we lost players to injuries. Hopefully their injuries aren't as severe. We're hoping they get to play next game.)
FEU tied University of Santo Tomas at 3rd place at 5-3 while Adamson remained at the cellar at 1-7.
Eli Soyud unloaded 17 points to lead the Lady Falcons while Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla tallied 15 points each.
FEU got off to a dominant 7-3 start in the 5th set but Adamson again staged a huge comeback to tie the game at 11.
Jerrili Malabanan later nabbed match point for FEU and Celine Domingo’s quick sealed the win.
The Lady Tamaraws, who also outlasted the Lady Falcons in 5 sets in the first round, had figured in 4 of this season's 9 five-set matches.
FEU staged a massive 7-0 run in the opening frame but the Lady Falcons rallied back to challenge the Lady Tamaraws as Chiara Permentilla's back-to-back blocks sealed the extended-set win, 32-30, for Adamson.
The Lady Falcons had early control in the 2nd set, 8-5, but the Lady Tamaraws erased the deficit and pulled away to even the match, 1-1.
By the 3rd set, the see-saw battle continued as Adamson surprised FEU with a 5-0 start, but the Lady Tamaraws later managed to chip off the deficit and pull off a 7-1 run to tie the score at 21-all.
However, back-to-back errors by FEU put Adamson at set point and Joy Dacoron scored off the block to nab a 2-1 match advantage.
Adamson failed to sustain their momentum as Ebon scored 3 straight points to give FEU the lead, 17-16.
FEU then caught the Lady Falcons’ defense sleeping as the Lady Tamaraws cruised to extend the match to a decider. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.