Far Eastern University survived an upset scare after outlasting University of the East, 25-15, 16-25, 12-25, 25-22, 17-15, Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
Jerrili Malabanan hammered the clutch back-to-back hits to tow the Lady Tams, who played without injured Lycha Ebon (knee), to their sixth win in nine games and second straight five-set victory.
“Yun naman ang hinahanap naming sa dulo, (ang mag-deliver) ang mga veterans,” said FEU coach George Pascua.
The Lady Tamaraws created a 14-11 separation in the fifth frame only to see the Lady Warriors fightback and tie force a deuce after Zilfa Olarve landed back-to-back aces. Judith Abil put UE at match point with a through the block hit but Seth Rodriguez was called for a net touch in the next place for another deuce.
Malaban then took matters on her own hands to save the Lady Tams.
The Lady Warriors fell to 2-7 slate.
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