MANILA, Philippines – Defending women's champion University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) warmed up for Thursday's marquee showdown by easily defeating their respective foes in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament late Sunday at the Sands at SM By the Bay.
UST's Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray overwhelmed University of the East's Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-7, 21-9. FEU's Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, meanwhile, scored a quick 21-2, 21-7 win over National University's Roma Doromal and Audrey paran.
Both the Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws are unbeaten in six matches, and the rivals will clash for an outright Finals berth on Thursday at 3 p.m., also at the Sands.
The loser will drop to No. 2 but will still have a twice-to-beat advantage in the step-ladder semifinals.
University of the Philippines clinched its first semis appearance in five years as Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero beat De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-17, 21-17, for a 4-2 card.
Ateneo de Manila University's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte overcame Adamson University’s Bern Flora and Chrislyn Uy, 21-12, 23-21, to keep its semis hopes afloat.
The Lady Eagles booked their second win in six matches, a game behind the Lady Spikers, who are in fourth place with a 3-3 record.
La Salle and Ateneo collide at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the Lady Spikers gunning for the last semis berth. A win by the Lady Eagles will force a playoff against their fierce rivals for the No. 4 slot in the step-ladder semifinals.
In the men’s division, the Bulldogs’ Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad are a win away of gaining an outright passage to the best-of-three Finals.
NU turned back Ateneo, 21-19, 21-16, and La Salle, 21-17, 21-10, to raise its record at 6-0. The Bustillos-based duo will go for the championship slot against UP on Thursday.
UST and FEU are in joint second with 5-1 record after sweeping their two Day 4 matches. The Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws clash for the No. 2 ranking in the semifinals on Thursday.
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