By: Ohmer Bautista
The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws swiftly handled the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags in straight sets, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, to sit atop the standings in the Premier Volleyball League Women’s Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
“Na-achieve na namin paonti-onti,” commented Tamaraws head coach George Pascua, referring to the team’s chemistry. “Pero hindi madali yun, may process ‘yun. I trust the process naman.
“Kumbaga, kung nung first game namin nasa fifty percent, second game sixty percent, nagyon nasa seventy percent na,” the former FEU Tamaraw added.
Buoyed by a huge height advantage against their smaller opposition, the Morayta-based volleybelles imposed their length and versatility to mount a 20-9 cushion in the opening salvo. But the Lady Stags made things interesting in the ensuing set, as they took a 22-21 lead but later squandered it after a 4-0 blast from FEU, capped by a Ced Domingo block over Mary Dapol.
The Lady Tams then broke the game wide open in the decisive third set with a blistering 20-10 headstart, slamming the door shut and sealing the fate of San Sebastian, who fell to a 0-2 record.
All but two players in the Tamaraws’ den scored a point, with Heather Guinoo leading the way with nine points to go along nine excellent digs.
Domingo and Nette Villareal chipped eight markers apiece for FEU, who feasted on the Lady Stags’ woes, with 32 of their 75 total points coming from San Sebastian’s errors.
Sofia Sarmiento managed seven points to lead the Lady Stags.
The Lady Tamaraws’ next assignment is against the rebuilding Adamson University Lady Falcons (1-0) on Sunday, August 5, at the same venue. The Lady Stags, on the other hand, seek to end their dry spell against the cellar-dwelling Perpetual Lady Altas (0-3) on Saturday, August 4, also at the same venue.
FEU (3) – Guino-o 9, Domingo 8, Villareal 8, Malabanan 6, Negrito 5, Ebon 3, Hernandez 1, Ronquillo 1, Carandang 1, Dejito 1, Cayuna 0, Bautista (L).
SSC-R (0) – Sarmiento 7, Requierme 5, Tan 5, Sta.Rita 5, Dapol 4, Medenila 3, Carreon 3, Santiago 1, Sison 1, Bermillo 1, Ortiz (L).