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Efficient Tamaraws drub Fighting Maroons to enter Final Four

After their fates had been decided by the outcome of a different team’s match last season, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws took matters into their own hands this time around.

For the first time in three seasons, FEU have swept their season series against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons with a convincing 25-18, 25-15, 25-16 sweep and charged into the Final Four at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tamaraws displayed tremendous composure and focus throughout the match, barely wasting any movements. FEU leaped to big leads in each set, as their solid reception and explosive transition attacks stifled UP’s attack.

The biggest difference was UP’s massive 22 unforced errors compared to FEU’s season-low 10 giveaways.

“‘Yun nga, naalala nila last season ‘yung sakit ng hindi kami ‘yung laro namin ‘yung nag-decide kung makakapasok kami sa Final Four,” mused FEU head coach Rey Diaz.

“Marami kaming sinanyang noon at kahit ngayong season. Maswerte kami na nasa posisyon pa rin kami na makapasok ng Final Four kanina kaya talaga tiniyaga nang mga bata. Nasunod talaga nila ‘yung game plan,” Diaz added.

Fully-healthy sophomore sensation Jude Garcia lit up with 13 off 12-for-19 attacking, while skipper Richard Solis added 10.

With a 7-6 record, FEU enter the Final Four. They are currently seeded third with the University of Santo Tomas nipping at their heels. They face each other on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Veteran Alfred Valbuena and sophomore Mark Millete each provided 13 points for the Katipunan-based spikers.

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UP fall to fifth in the standings with a 5-8 record. They need UST to lose all their remaining matches and to win against the Adamson University on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre to have a shot at the fourth seed.

The Scores

FEU (3) – Garcia 13, Solis 10, Bugaoan 9, Dolor 9, Paler 7, Quiel 3, Silang 1, Villegas 1, Bautista 0, Camcam 0, Salbsab 0, Marmeto (L)

UP (0) – Millete 13, Valbuena 13, Muguel 6, Castillo 2, San Pedro 2, Baldelovar 1, Consuelo 1, San Pascual 1, Acuna 0, Trinidad 0, Luna (L), Nasol (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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