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UAAP Beach Volleyball Day One: FEU

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Bernadette Pons is another one of those explosive FEU products that could one day lead the league in scoring like Lady Tamaraw greats before her. Perhaps, Pons could have the most success in beach volleyball out of all of them. Only in her second season, Pons has quietly displayed her potential in various off-season leagues and, in their 21-18, 21-15 win against NU, showed that she has developed other facets of her game to make her basically indefensible.

Unlike other tandems, Pons and her partner, Charm Simborio, both have major offensive power that can punch holes into opposing defenses. Both are also no slouches with their mobility on the sand-court. They also showed incredible chemistry in their win against NU.

FEU should be able to tightly contend for a Final Four spot as not many teams can boast the offensive versatility they posses, it’s in the other facets of volleyball in which they have to be consistent in for them to overthrow other strong pairs in the league.

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FEU’s Tandem of veteran heavy-hitter, Gregorio Dolor and Rikko Marmeto started their season off strong by making quick work of the UE Red Warriors but would crumble late in their loss to the defending champs, NU Bulldogs.

Dolor and Marmeto made sure to target UE’s shorter player, Carlo Almario, with their serves to give them easier chances to score points. FEU would roll through the Warriors, 21-10, 21-14.

The Tamaraws took their momentum and rolled through NU in the first set of their match, but the Tams just couldn’t douse the fiery play of the defending champs late in the sets and fell to them in three sets, 21-14, 12-21, 12-15.

Dolor’s and Marmeto’s thundering spikes can only be matched by their bellowing celebrations after each score. This tandem can easily take home the title if they string together consistent performances in their next matches.

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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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