MANILA (UPDATED) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws only needed three sets to take down the UP Fighting Maroons at the start of the UAAP Season 85 women’s volleyball tournament’s second round.
The Lady Tamaraws sent the Fighting Maroons to their fifth straight loss via a 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 win at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City Saturday.
The win also hiked FEU’s win to four against four losses for fifth spot while UP stayed in seventh with a 1-7 slate.
Leading the Lady Tams was Jov Fernandez with 14 points while Chenie Tagaod added 10 markers.
“Magandang balita 'to. Para sa team, magandang motivation yung win and coming second round, yun talaga yung aim namin, is yung win. Aiming kami sa lahat ng remaining games namin, [is] to win. The reason why kung bakit tayo nag-eensayo, para manalo. Yes. Ganon kami ka-positive,” head coach Tina Salak said.
FEU was on a mission to get its first straight sets win of the season as they zoomed in to 11-7 lead in the third frame.
Tagaod and Fernandez would conspire for a series of attacks to keep their advantage, 15-9. The Lady Tamaraws continued their surge as UP committed several errors for a 19-11 gap.
UP got some life in the latter stretch of the third as Jewel Encarnacion scored off a top spin to trim their deficit, 19-22. But, Jean Asis would take over in the ensuing plays to end the match.
Encarnacion led the Fighting Maroons with 12 points while Nina Ytang had 10 markers.