Lady Tams rebound, keeps UE winless in UAAP volleyball

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN -- Far Eastern U bounced back from a painful loss last Saturday as it walloped University of the East, 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-11, in the first game of Saturday’s UAAP Season LXXIX women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil-Flying V Arena, Feb. 18.

With the bitter memory of the five-set setback against Ateneo still fresh, the Lady Tams dismantled the Lady Warriors in a blistering fourth-set display to improve its record to an even 2-2 card.

The loss, meanwhile, is UE’s fourth in as many games.

Bernadeth Pons led the charge for Shaq Delos Santos’ wards, finishing with 17 points spiked on 16 kills, while Jerrili Malabanan contributed 15 including four service aces. Remy Palma and Heather Guino-o both had seven.

Dropping the third set in pulsating fashion, the Morayta-based spikers opened up the fourth with an 8-2 advantage behind Pons and Palma. The lead swelled to 23-11, and they never looked back since. 

The FEU missed the services of hitter Toni Rose Basas, who rode the bench for unexplained reasons.

Shaya Adorador, who engineered the stubborn UE stand in the middle sets, led the way with 12 points. Mary Anne Mendrez was the other double-digit contributor with 10.  

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