The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws made quick work of the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Lady Patriots, 25-21, 25-16, 25-11, for their first win in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam at the Alonte Sports Center in Laguna.
FEU faced their only tense moments in the first set, seeing a six point led dwindle to two, 23-21. FEU rookie captain Lycha Ebon powered a hit through before the Lady Patriots gave up an error to hand the Lady Tams the set.
From there, FEU quickly built leads in the following two sets as DLSU struggled to mount any significant run.
Davao native Ebon topped the Lady Tamaraws with 12 points off 11 attacks and an ace, while fellow freshman France Ronquillo addrd nine markers.
FEU head coach Rey Diaz emphasized the importance of getting his lineup made up of mostly rookies valuable experience.
“Siguro eighty-percent ng team namin ngayon is rookies. Maganda na nakakakuha kami ng experience dito,” said Diaz. “Siyempre, the goal pa rin is to win. Kailangan maipakita pa rin nila ‘yung mga tina-trabaho namin sa training.”
Open hitter Rain Ramos led the Lady Patriots with seven points while Mara Galicia added six.
FEU (1-0) will face the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses (1-0) next Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. DLSU-D (0-1) take on the University of the East Lady Warriors (0-1) on November 24 also at thr Caloocan Sports Complex.
FEU (3) – Ebon 12, Ronquillo 9, Agudo 7, Malabanan 6, Carandang 5, Gallentes 4, Dejito 3, Cayuna 1, Mora 1, Tanguin 1, Madrigal 0, Abijay (L), Florendo (L)
DLSU-D (0) – Ramos 7, Galicia 6, Castillo 3, Delfin 2, Pasco 2, Carranza 1, Del Rosario 1, Protacio 0, Velasco 0, Wong 0, Parohinog (L), Pena (L)
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