Far Eastern University (FEU) made up for an erratic start with a sweep of the next three sets in emphatic fashion, beating San Beda College, 23-25, 25-6, 25-11, 25-14, and advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
After yielding the opening frame with a rash of errors, the Lady Tams regrouped and toughened up on their net and floor defense while Toni Rose Basas, Bernadeth Pons and team captain Mary Joy Palma took turns in offense to clobber the Red Spikers and notch their second straight win in Group B.
Joining FEU in the next round are University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas (UST), which also swept their first two matches.
San Beda fell to 0-3 in a tie with St. Benilde and out of the quarterfinals race.
The top three teams in the two-group, five-squad tournament advance to the quarters with their respective elimination records with the top four moving to the best-of-three series.
“We’re happy we made it to the quarters, that’s our first goal,” said Shaq delos Santos, coach of FEU.
Basas led all hitters with 19 points while Pons and Palma added 14 and 13, respectively.
Kyle Negrita came off the bench to dish out 41 excellent sets, outplaying teammate and starting setter Maria Angelica Cayuna, who had 19 excellent sets in their first game but struggled a bit this time.
In the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference, UST hacked out a pulsating 25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over San Beda to force a three-way tie for the Group B lead while FEU bounced back from straight-set blowout to National University with a 25-17, 26-28, 25-15, 25-21 win over St. Benilde in Group A.