Tams rip Tigers, seal duel vs Bulldogs
(The Philippine Star) - April 20, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  Third seed Far Eastern U reasserted its mastery over No. 4 University of Santo Tomas, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, to move up to the next rung of the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball stepladder semis yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Tams wiped out a 10-16 deficit in the third frame to complete another straight-set win over the Tigers and more importantly earn the right to face second-ranked National U for the remaining finals seat.

FEU and NU face off on Sunday with the Bulldogs enjoying twice-to-beat advantage. Unbeaten topnotcher Ateneo is waiting in the wings in the best-of-three championship series.

“Nakuha rin ng mga bata. Pinaghirapan namin ito (We worked hard for this and reaped dividends),” said FEU coach Rey Diaz after his charges went 3-0 versus UST this season, all three-setters.

“Napatunayan nila sa sarili na deserving mag-third seed pero hindi pa tapos (We were determined to prove we deserve to be the third seed but of course, the job’s not over yet),” said Diaz.

After squandering a 23-17 lead mostly due to errors, the Tams secured the first set via Peter Quiel’s off-the-block hit and Greg Dolor’s service ace.

Jude Garcia played the hero’s role in a closely fought second frame, breaking a 25-all standoff with an attack and an ace.

The Tigers put up a major fight in the third, storming to a six-point margin at the second technical timeout but the Tams rallied back and eventually grabbed a 19-17 upperhand.

UST pulled one back but the Tams countered with six unanswered points behind Dolor and Quiel to wrap it all up.

“Malaki ang tiwala ko sa team, alam kong kaya nila humabol, pina-practice naman namin ang ganyang sitwasyon (I was confident the team can still overcome the odds and pull through because they knew what to do under such situation),”said Diaz.

Dolor and Garcia spearheaded FEU’s scoring with 13 and 12, respectively, while Ronchette Lee Villegas dished out 17 excellent sets. Rikko Marmeto, bucking hand injury, had 17 excellent digs and 24 excellent receives to lead the defense.  

Arnold Bautista paced UST with 12 hits.

 

VOLLEYBALL
Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.