By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—Far Eastern U recovered from a shaky start to pull off a 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 win over De La Salle-Dasmariñas in the first game of Saturday’s Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
The rookie-laden Lady Tamaraws got tested in the first set but regained composure in the next frames to foil the upset clause of the Lady Patriots for a winning start in the six-team tournament.
Rookie skipper Lycha Ebon led the charge with 12 points on 11 attacks and a service ace for FEU, while fellow rookie France Ronquillo chipped in nine markers.
Another rookie Jamaica Pascua and veterans Ivana Agudo and Jer Malabanan combined for 20 points.
The Morayta-based squad took advantage of La Salle-Dasma’s 24 unforced errors, while producing 43 attack points, eight service aces, and five blocks in the 65-minute encounter.
“Siguro eighty-percent ng team namin ngayon is rookies. Maganda na nakakakuha kami ng experience dito,” said FEU coach Rey Diaz. “Masaya para doon sa mga first year na mabilis sila makapagadjust.”
Diaz also lauded the effort of Ebon, a prized find from Davao.
“Napakaswerte ng FEU na napunta si Lycha Ebon. Kasi hindi nagugulat na ganyan lalaruin niya kasi sa training all-out, sa game all-out talaga.”
Rain Cyrille Ramos paced La Salle-Dasma with nine markers, while Mara Allyza Galicia produced six.
FEU aims for back-to-back wins opposite fellow UAAP team UST on Nov. 17 at the Caloocan Sports Center, while La Salle-Dasma take on University of the East on Nov. 24.