The Far Eastern University outlasted the University of the Philippines in five sets at their Premiere Volleyball League duel this afternoon.
The Lady Maroons started on fire as they dismantled the Lady Tamaraws in the first set. The ladies led by as much as 12 points, backed by Maris Layug’s impressive services and Isa Molde’s attacks. FEU also had several errors, helping pad the lead for UP and the set win, 15-25.
The Tamaraws found their rhythm in the second, keeping it close all throughout. Both teams went back-and-forth with the smashes and traded leads. However, FEU had more fuel down the stretch to book the second set with a win, 25-23.
UP wrote a different story in the third set, dismantling the Tamaraws again. Taking cues from their powerful start, the Lady Maroons posted an 8-1 run late in the third. Layug continued her impressive performance, finishing with 16 points , while Nicole Magsarile helped seal another set, 15-25.
With only one set more to win for UP, the Ladies of Morayta crawled from behind to stop the Lady Maroons from bagging the match. Down by as much as 5 points, FEU inched past Coach Okumu’s squad to steal the fourth set, 25-23, and force a fifth and deciding set.
The rest of the match saw FEU finding more stable footing to lead by 5, 8-3, at the half-mark of the final set.
FEU continued its domination, leading by as much as 7 points, 11-4. Not letting up, the UPWVT put up a mini run of its own, but it was not enough to overtake the opponent.
FEU ended with a hard-earned victory, with Heather Guino-o leading the Tamaraws with 13 points.
As for UP, Molde and Layug had impressive outings with 20 and 16 points each. Rosie Rosier added 12, while Magsarile added 10.
The UP Lady Fighting Maroons will have a week’s rest before they face the San Beda Lady Red Spikers on August 26 (Sunday), 4pm, at the Filoil Fyling V Arena.
UP: 25, 23, 25, 23, 7
FEU: 15, 25, 15, 25, 15