MANILA, Philippines – The surging Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws look to make it five wins in a row when they face off against the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws ended the first round with four consecutive victories, including a confidence-boosting sweep of rival University of Santo Tomas (UST) last Saturday.
They are determined to open the second round on a high note, and give themselves a good shot at one of the top two seeds in the Final 4.
"Sabi ko sa kanila, nice finish sa first round, pero huwag tayong pakampante kasi may second round pa," said FEU captain Bernadeth Pons, who finished the first round with a total of 112 points.
"Kailangan pa nating paghirapan ulit 'yun, para mas ma-achieve pa natin 'yung goal natin," she added.
FEU is facing off against an Ateneo team that is reeling from a four-set loss to defending champion De La Salle University – a game that saw the Lady Eagles give up 16 aces.
"Back to the gym na lang," said coach Sherwin Meneses after their setback, which ended a four-game winning run. "Practice for the next game."
The loss to La Salle put Ateneo's record at 4-3 at the end of the first round. They currently occupy solo fourth place in the league standings.
Head coach Tai Bundit is expected to be back on Wednesday after missing Saturday's game due to a family affair back in Thailand.
FEU won their first round meeting against Ateneo, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9. The Lady Tamaraws torched the Lady Eagles for 20 aces in that game.
Game time is at 4 p.m.
In the first game of the double-header, University of the East (UE) looks to build on its shock win over Adamson University at the end of the first round when it takes on the UST Golden Tigresses at 2 p.m.
The Lady Warriors snapped a 13-game losing streak dating back to Season 79 with a five-set win over the Lady Falcons, and are brimming with confidence heading to Wednesday's showdown.
"Psychologically, kapag nananalo ka, mabu-boost 'yung morale mo. Pag natatalo ka, nada-down ka naman," noted interim UE head coach Rod Roque. "So maybe, we'll take advantage of that."
The Tigresses, for their part, are looking to snap a three-game slide. UST finished the first round with a 2-5 slate, good for a share of seventh place.
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