Far Eastern University (FEU) pounced on a listless St. Benilde side and cruised to a trouble-free 25-21, 25-6, 25-17 victory, catching idle National University at second in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Tams hardly worked out a sweat in disposing of the Lady Blazers, particularly in the second frame where they practically feasted on their rivals’ poor reception and coordination to record the second lowest set output.
Arellano University held University of Batangas to four points in the first set on August 1.
In fact, FEU coach Shaq delos Santos used the match to try out new combinations he could employ in tougher games ahead with all 11 players, outside of liberos Kyla Atienza and Ria Duremdez, scoring at least a hit.
The Lady Tams scored 38 spikes, more than doubling St. Benilde’s paltry 15-attack effort with Bernadeth Pons leading the attack with 14 hits, Honey Royce Tubibo adding nine markers and fellow guest player and ace spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga chipping in eight points.
“Gonzaga and Tubino’s games complement well and they inspire the rest of the team,” said delos Santos.
Pons said they came into the match determined to rebound from their straight-set but close defeat to NU, 23-25, 24-26, 19-25, at the close of their elims assignment last week in the event backed by Mikasa and Accel.
“We firmed up our (service) reception where we struggled a bit against NU the last time out,” said Pons, who produced 10 kills and had two blocks in their 70-minute romp.
Janine Navarro and Ranya Musa scored five hits apiece, which proved to be St. Benilde’s best outputs with guest player Welch Cheng, Jeanette Panaga, Melanie Torres and Ellaine Dolorito combining for just eight hits.