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MANILA, Philippines – With Adamson University on the verge of entering the finals, the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws responded well as they sent the semifinals into a do-or-die third game in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference, Tuesday, May 13 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Bernadeth Pons scored a game-high 16 points while Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga combined for 29 markers to lead the Morayta-based side to a straight sets – albeit hard-earned – 25-22, 25-23, 26-24 win over the industrious Lady Falcons crew.
The Lady Tams, who dropped Game 1 despite leading Adamson by two sets, made sure that they will notch the win this time as they displayed solid composure in crunchtime to send their Final Four duel into a third match.
It was neck-and-neck volleyball between the two squads right from the get-go as FEU and Adamson exchanged hits in the early goings but the Lady Tams relied on Daquis as she secured for the girls in Green and Gold a 25-22 first set win.
But it was their defense that won the game for coach Shaq Delos Santos’ wards as Jovelyn Gonzaga and Christine Agno connived for 20 digs while Yna Papa accounted for 37 of FEU’s 39 excellent sets in the game.
Shiela Pineda bannered Adamson in the second as she single-handedly kept the Lady Falcons in the game but FEU proved to be too composed in the crucial moments as they escaped AdU’s comeback efforts via a 25-23 seconds set squeaker.
The same story transpired in the third as both squads battled hard on both ends of the court but Genevieve Casugod played big time in end game to put FEU ahead 25-24 before Pineda committed a game-costing error that handed the Lady Tams the win.
FEU’s guest players in Daquis and Gonzaga contributed well as they registered 15 and 14 respectively while Pineda led Adamson’s losing cause with 15 markers.
FEU and Adamson will settle on Thursday, May 15, who earns the right to face National University in the finals.
FEU – Pons 16, Daquis 15, Gonzaga 14, Palma 9, Casugod 4, Papa 2
Adamson – Pineda 15, Sangmuang 12, Soriano 10, Paat 8, Villanueva 5, Macatuno 2
By set: 25-22, 25-23, 26-24