MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University hopes to come out strong after a long break as they target a crucial victory over winless Jose Rizal University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws last played on September 16, a game that saw them drop a four-set decision to unbeaten National University to drop to 2-1 in Group A.
But they remain the heavy favorites against a JRU squad that has yet to win in four assignments in their 4:00 p.m. showdown.
A win by FEU will put them in a tie with the idle Ateneo Lady Eagles in second place, with identical 3-1 slates.
A three-way fight for the two semis seats has shaped up in Group A with NU assuring itself of at least a playoff with a 4-0 card. The Lady Bulldogs and the Eagles dispute the first berth in a blockbuster face-off on Saturday.
FEU, meanwhile, seeks to hurdle JRU before closing out its campaign in the single round elims of the season-ending conference of the league against Lyceum of the Philippines University on Monday.
Lyceum, meanwhile, also hopes to keep its slim hopes alive as it plays ousted San Sebastian at 6:30 p.m.
With a 1-2 card, the Lady Pirates need to sweep their last two games and hope that the Lady Eagles and the Lady Tams won’t go over three wins to force a playoff for the last semis spot in their group.
In Group B, Adamson took the first Final Four berth by beating St. Benilde in three late Monday, stretching its win run to four.
UP and Arellano, toting identical 3-1 cards, are disputing the other semis seat in a key duel on Saturday.
Meanwhile, La Salle (3-3) tries to boost its semis drive in the men’s side as it tangles with also-ran UP (1-5) at 10 a.m.
UST and San Beda, tied at fifth with 2-3 slates, collide at 8 a.m.
Ateneo (6-0) and Far Eastern U (5-1) took the first two semis berths with National U at third at 3-2.
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