DESPITE claiming to be far from its ideal form, University of the Philippines gets a shot at the Final Four berth and a share of the top spot in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference Monday.
“We’re not consistent,” said UP coach Jerry Yee as the Lady Maroons go for an upset of defending champion National University.
“There have been improvements, but right now, we’re far from [our target form].”
Pitted against a solid club team opponent, Foton Pilipinas yielded a 19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-14 decision to 3BB Nakhonnont to wind up at six place Sunday in the 2016 Sealect Tuna Thailand Volleyball League.
The Tornadoes, sharpening their skills for the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Club Championships this weekend here, failed to sustain their first set intensity at Wi Sommai gymnasium in Sisaket Province.
They eventually bowed down to the gritty club where its import Lindsay Stalzer once belonged.
University of the Philippines opened its quarterfinals campaign on a high note by stopping the three-game winning roll of Ateneo de Manila, 25-18, 14-25, 25-20, 25-18 Saturday in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Maroons rebounded from a five-set loss to Far Eastern University at the end of the preliminary round a week ago and improved to 2-1 win-loss carryover record.
UP banked on its youthful hitters Isa Molde, Diana Carlos and veterans Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola to hand the Lady Eagles a 1-2 slate. The Lady Maroons will take on the defending champion National University Lady Bulldogs on Monday.
Far Eastern University was in dire need of help after its dreams of a sweep in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference came crashing down when National University stopped the Lady Tamaraws in a five-set shocker.
Against San Sebastian, the Lady Tamaraws’ help arrived in the form of a healthy Bernadeth Pons.
FEU’s veteran spiker was fighting the coughs in their loss to the Lady Bulldogs but on Saturday against San Sebastian there was no mention of any sickness.
Far Eastern University solidified its bid for a spot in the semifinals with a bounce back 27-25, 25-20, 25-11 win over the San Sebastian College Lady Stags on Saturday in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws rebounded from a loss in its quarterfinals opener against the defending champion National University for a 3-1 carryover record to tie their tormentor on top and secure at least a semis playoff.
Toni Rose Basas, Remy Palma and Bernadeth Pons led the Morayta-based squad’s demolition of the Lady Stags, who in the first two sets led early only to yield the frames before totally collapsing in the last set.
AN ALL Filipino Foton Pilipinas assured themselves of at least a sixth place finish after fending off Kasetsart University, 17-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-16, Saturday in the classification phase of the 2016 Sealect Tuna Thailand Volleyball League.
It was the second straight win for the Tornadoes who have the chance to salvage fifth if they win their last assignment Sunday against either Rungsit University or Nakhon Nonthaburi.
Choosing to sit out Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher, coach Fabio Menta shuffled his Filipino crew and tried out several combinations but still ended up as victor at Wi Sommai gymnasium in Sisaket Province, Thailand.
Far Eastern University thinks its players needed the stinging defeat it recently absorbed in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference.
But the Lady Tamaraws look to rebound from that first setback versus San Sebastian at 4 p.m. today at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“It’s a wake-up call for us,” FEU veteran Remy Palma said of the Lady Tamaraws, who swept the elimination round. “At least we’re reminded that we have to work hard in each and every game.”