Far Eastern University (FEU) banked on Bernadeth Pons’ power-packed kills to post a convincing 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win over National University (NU) on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Pons fired 18 kills to pounce NU’s porous net defense in the entire three sets, while Toni Rose Basas added 16 points to hand the Lady Tamaraws a 4-3 win-loss record and finish their first round campaign on a high note.
Jasmine Nabor and Jaja Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points each but couldn’t get the job done.
The Lady Bulldogs suffered their third defeat to fall to a 3-3 win-loss record.
In the second game, University of the Philippines (UP) survived University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 32-30, to claim its third win in six games.
On Saturday, De La Salle University upset defending champion Ateneo De Manila University, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18, to post a 5-1 win-loss record.
Ateneo remained on top with 6-1 win-loss record.
In the men’s division, University of the Philippines (UP) refused to bow down against a hard-fighting University of the East (UE) squad to prevail with a 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12 victory and close out the first round with a 4-3 win-loss record.
Alfred Valbuena delivered 23 points, including 20 kills, while skipper Wendel Miguel added 11 kills plus four set points and three blocks to lead the Fighting Maroons. John Mark Millete contributed 13 points also for the Fighting Maroons.
Edward Camposano and Ruvince Abrot scored 26 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Red Warriors.
UE, with the loss, stayed winless in seven games at the end of first round.
Before its women’s counterpart win in the afternoon, the men’s of FEU was the first to notch a victory by crushing La Salle, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, behind the stellar performance of national player Greg Dolor.
Dolor posted a game-high 19 points on 15 kills and four blocks, while team captain Joshua Barrica added 15 points on 12 kills and Jude Garcia had 10 points to give the Tamaraws a 4-2 win-loss record. La Salle absorbed a 1-5 win-loss record.
Raymark Woo scored 17 points to lead the Green Archers.