UAAP Volleyball: Lady Tams shock Tigresses to get back to .500
MANILA, Philippines – Still licking their wounds from a straight sets loss to De La Salle University last week, the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws bounced back in an impressive fashion when they stunned the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses, 15-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22, in the 76th UAAP Womens’ Volleyball tournament, Saturday, January 11 at The Arena in San Juan.
Save for a dismal opening set showing, the Lady Tams exhibited an inspired performance, banking on their young bloods in Bernadette Pons, Geneveve Casugod, and Mary Palma to take their third win in six games so far this season.
The Tigresses – aiming to snap out of a three-game losing skid before the first round ends – got off to a good start as the tandem of Carmela Tunay and Pam Lastimosa proved to be too hot to handle for their Morayta counterparts, comfortably taking the opening set by double digits, 25-15.
It was like déjà vu of their last game against Ateneo de Manila for the Tigresses, however, as they blew a 1-0 set advantage to a resolute FEU squad. Sparked by the sophomore hitter Palma, the Lady Tams restored parity into the game via a 25-15 second frame takeout.
Volleyball fans inside the arena were treated to a nail-biter as both teams refused to give up easy points. With their veterans struggling in the game, rookies Pons and Casugod stepped up to the occasion to lead FEU in the third and fourth canto but it was Palma who took the spotlight as she registered a game-high 20 markers, 15 of which coming from attacks.
Lastimosa and Tunay once again tallied in good numbers – 18 and 13 points respectively – but their effort was not enough as UST absorbs its fourth straight loss to stay sixth in the tournament at 2-5.
FEU dominated the Tigresses on paper as they nailed more attacks (44-36) and blocks (12-5) while also being more efficient on the ball, committing five less errors than UST’s 35.
The Lady Tamaraws will try to wrap up the round on a high note when they go up against Adamson University on Wednesday, January 15. - Rappler.com