Lady Tamaraws snatch last Final 4 berth

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Far Eastern University (FEU) ousted University of Santo Tomas (UST), 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-6, to claim the last Final Four ticket in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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Middle hitter Geneveve Casugod had a career-high 17 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ march to the semifinals.

FEU will be facing third seed National University (NU) in the first stage of the stepladder semifinals on Saturday. The winner of the FEU-NU match will meet the No. 2 pick De La Salle University, which holds a twice-to-beat advantage.

Ateneo de Manila University has already secured the first berth in the finals after sweeping the elimination round. The Lady Eagles also earned a thrice-to-beat incentive for achieving a rare 14-0 card.

In the men’s division, last year’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University blasted Adamson University, 25-16, 25-12, 26-28, 25-20, to advance to the finals.

Veteran Ysrael Marasigan nailed 23 points including five blocks and four aces while last season’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awardee Marck Espejo contributed 22 points as the Blue Eagles earned a return trip to the finals.

Michael Saduria was the only bright spot for the Soaring Falcons, scoring 10 points.

Earlier, defending champion NU posted a 26-24, 28-26, 23-25, 25-21 win over UST to force a do-or-die game in their own Final Four series.

Former Finals Most Valuable Player Peter Den Mar Torres and Jan Berlin Paglinawan led the Bulldogs with 19 points each while Rueben Inaudito added 17 and Ruben Baysac had 12.

The Bulldogs need to win twice against the second-seed Growling Tigers. The Game 2 is set on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Mark Gil Alfafara scored 37 huge points for the UST and Arnold Bautista delivered 14 points.

Meanwhile, reigning titlist Adamson University blanked University of the Philippines (UP), 7-0, to claim the first Final Four spot in the softball competitions at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Lady Falcons are undefeated in eight games to stay on top of the standings.

De La Salle University is in second with 6-2.

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