FEU, UST renew volleyball rivalry

April 12, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 129 views

FAR Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas renew its fabled volleyball rivalry in a showdown that has a lot of Final Four implications in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Lady Tamaraws aims for a major upset against league-leading University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. today in the league’s return to its old stomping grounds at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With a 6-4 record, FEU seeks to put an end of three seasons of no semifinals action with a win against the Tigresses, whom the Lady Tamaraws pushed to a five-set marathon in the first round before ultimately succumbing.

UST (10-1), defending champion La Salle (9-1) and 2022 winners National University (9-2) have already secured their tickets to the Final Four, and the three teams are locked in a tight battle for two twice-to-beat berths.

The stinging first round loss to the Tigresses would be their main motivation coming into their 4 p.m. clash, according to Lady Tamaraws coach Manolo Refugia.

“Siguro mas gutom kaming bawian talaga si UST kasi ‘yung naramdaman ng mga players noong natalo talaga kami, syempre, masyadong heartbreaking ‘yun kasi up by two kami,” said Refugia.

Sporting a 6-4 record, FEU has a three-and-a-half game cushion of fifth-running Ateneo (3-8) in the race for the remaining Final Four slot.

The Tigresses, on the other hand, are expected to welcome back top super rookie Angge Poyos after missing the previous match.

Poyos, who led UST to a fourth straight Final Four appearance, was a late scratch against University of the Philippines last Wednesday due to dehydration.

Against the Fighting Maroons, lefty hitters Jonna Perdido and Regina Jurado led the charge for the Tigresses with 24 points apiece.

“Yung old rivalry ng FEU at UST hindi pa rin nawawala yan kaya definitely magiging neck-to-neck at nail-biting ‘yung bakbakan nito especially may gusto rin silang patunayan kasi nandoon sila sa top four,” said long-time coach Kungfu Reyes.

Both Adamson and UP eye to halt their respective skids in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser.

The Lady Falcons (2-8) have dropped their past six matches while the Fighting Maroons (1-10) have dropped four in a row.

Currently tied with University of the East at 2-8, Adamson needs to sweep its last four matches, and the Lady Falcons must also hope that the Lady Tamaraws won’t reach seven wins to force a playoff for the No. 4 spot.

In the men’s division, FEU seeks to strengthen their position at the top of the table, as the Tamaraws take on the Golden Spikers, who are looking to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four spot, at 12 noon.

Opening the day at 10 a.m. will be Adamson trying to breathe life into its dwindling Final Four chances against last-place UP.