DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University whipped University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, to remain undefeated in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Guest player Jovelyn Gonzaga scored 19 points, including three blocks and two service aces, and collected eight digs to help the Lady Tamaraws extend their perfect run to four games in Group A.
FEU and Group B leader Ateneo (4-0) are the remaining unbeaten squads in the mid-season tournament.
Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas bucked the absence of utility spiker Carmela Tunay in the fourth set to beat Technological University of the Philippines, 25-16, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14, and clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.
Tunay felt dizzy and had difficulty breathing after colliding with teammate Pam Lastimosa while trying to save the ball in play late in the third frame, which allowed the Lady Engineers to clinch the set point and eventually extend the game. She was rushed to UST Hospital as a precautionary measure hospital.
The Tigresses dominated the fourth frame with EJ Laure and Pam Lastimosa delivering the goods to book their third win in four starts in Group B.Toni Rose Basas posted 11 points while reinforcement Honey Royse Tubino scattered nine hits for the Lady Tamaraws.
FEU coach Shaq delos Santos was pleased the way his troops played except the way they performed in the service area and defense.
“Mga service error, sobrang dami namin every set and then yung receive din namin. Yung attack, walang problema sa amin [Our service errors were too many at every set as well as our receives. But there were no problems with our attacks],” said Delos Santos.
Coach Kungfu Reyes was disappointed on the effort of his wards, who relaxed in the third set where TIP took a 16-12 lead and parried UST’s several rallies to cut the set deficit to 1-2.
“Kaya nandito ang mga iyan [That’s why they are here] [Lady Engineers] to compete. It’s everybody’s game,” said Reyes.
“It’s all about mental toughness, kontrol naman namin pero marami kaming tinapon na bola. Isa pa, kung mag-uusap lang sila, hindi mangyayari yung kay Mela (Tunay), hindi dapat nagbanggaan. Kailangan ng communication [we controlled the game but there were occasions we threw away the ball. One more thing, if they communicated well, that won’t happen to Tunay. They would not have collided with each other. There is a need to communicate],” he added.
Laure had 18 points, including two blocks, while Lastimosa fired five service aces to finish with 14 hits for the Tigresses, who won three straight after losing to the Lady Eagles in the opener.
Guest player Hezy Acuña was the lone Lady Engineer in twin digits with 13 points, including three service aces.
The loss dropped TIP to a three-way tie in fourth place at 1-3 along with La Salle-Dasmariñas and San Sebastian College, making the race for the remaining quarters berth in Group B a close one.
The Lady Tamaraws delivered 46 of 109 attacks, while the Lady Maroons could only muster 23 of 97 spikes.
UP fell to fourth place its second loss against two wins in Group A.
Rookie Isa Molde ended up as the Lady Maroons’ highest scorer with nine markers.