MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University looks to complete a comeback while Adamson University seeks revenge when they dispute the last Finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
Game time between the Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Falcons is at 6:30 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Falcons drew first blood in their best-of-3 semifinals series, but then surrendered a 25-21, 25-27, 20-25, 25-23, 11-15 result to the Lady Tamaraws on Saturday, allowing FEU to force a sudden death.
Coach Airess Padda lamented her team's 43 unforced errors that made it possible for the Lady Tamaraws to claim the victory.
"We had too many errors, and you're not gonna be able to win games like that," she said.
The winner of today's match goes on to face National University in a best-of-three Finals. The Lady Bulldogs claimed the first Finals spot thanks to an equally thrilling five-set battle over Arellano University, 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18. The Jaja Santiago-powered NU remains unbeaten so far in the conference.
The Lady Falcons looked headed to matching that feat but wavered with those miscues, including two in the clutch that enabled the Lady Tams to live another day and stay in the hunt for a finals seat in the league.
"It's pretty simple," Padda said bluntly. "We helped FEU win."
Meanwhile, FEU coach George Pascua credited his wards for handing Adamson its first defeat.
"We always make adjustments on each game, particularly on the position of our strikers. I always want to see my players’ potential for them to become effective," he said.
FEU and Adamson are actually playing without their ace spikers with Bernadeth Pons, together with Kyla Atienza, bannering the Lady Tams’ campaign in the UAAP beach volley and the Lady Falcons missing injured Jema Galanza.
But the likes of Czarina Carandang, Toni Rose Basas, Jeanette Villareal, Jerrili Malabanan, liberos Celine Domingo and Ria Duremdes and setter Kyle Negrito have stepped up for FEU, the same way Christine Soyud, rookie sensation Chiara Permentilla, May Roque, Joy Dacoron, Lea-Ann Perez, libero Jellie Tempiatura and playmaker Fenela Emnas are taking the cudgels for the Lady Falcons.
Ateneo and UST also duel for the other finals seat in the men’s side at 3:30 p.m.
The Tigers stopped the undermanned Eagles, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, last Saturday to force a rubber match.
FEU took the first finals slot by repeating over National U, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12.
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