WITH the momentum on its side, Far Eastern University hopes to deliver the knockout punch against Ateneo in the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The winner of the 3:30 p.m. match will face University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three championship series starting Saturday.
The fourth-ranked team in the eliminations, the Lady Tamaraws erased the Lady Eagles’ twice-to-beat advantage with a 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 last Saturday to send their semifinals duel to a deciding game.
“Overwhelmed siyempre pero hindi pa tapos eh. Hindi pa time to celebrate, marami pa kaming mga bagay na ipi-fix for Game 2 kasi I’m sure sa Game 2 ibang team ang makikita namin both team. Ibang intense na laro,” said coach George Pascua, who is seeking to steer FEU to a second consecutive Finals stint.
The Lady Tamaraws looked motivated to book a return trip to the title round, especially for the graduating players Jerrili Malabanan, Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o.
“I told the team earlier during the game that this wasn’t gonna be our last game. We’re really happy we achieved that goal,” said skipper Malabanan.
“Me and Kyle and Heather like last night (Friday) we had a meeting and then we told each other that this isn’t gonna be our last game. We’re happy that our season is extended,” she added.
Guino-o has been the spark for FEU as of late.
After dropping 24 points in a shock 25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8 win over La Salle at the end of eliminations, Guino-o had five service aces and four blocks to finish with 17 points against Ateneo.