Lady Tam Spikers clinch No. 4 spot, Tam Booters collide with UP in semis

Geneveve Casugod was a Tower of Power for the Lady Tams, after scoring 17 points with five blocks.

Geneveve Casugod was a Tower of Power for the Lady Tams, after scoring 17 points with five blocks.

FAR Eastern University won a third straight do-or-die match, nipping University of Santo Tomas, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-6, to bag the remaining semifinals berth in the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Tamaraws used their solid blocking in the deciding frame to thwart the Tigresses’ attacks at the net to avert a huge collapse after winning the first two frames.
“Thank God, kasi naka-survive kami sa fifth set. Nakikita namin yung kumpiyansa ng bawat isa na kahit down kami, kaya naming maka-recover,” said FEU coach Shaq delos Santos.  Bernadette Pons had 17 hits and 12 digs, Geneveve Casugod also had 17 points, including five blocks, while rookie Heather Guino-o had a career-game 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws.

FEU will now play third seed National University in the first step-ladder match, a knockout affair, on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The survivor will take on twice-to-beat De La Salle in the second step-ladder game. It was the Tigresses’ third straight Final Four exit, as they failed to sustain the fightback led by rookie Cherry Rondina in the third and fourth set.

Pam Lastimosa had 19 points and six digs in her final game for UST, while Rondina and Ria Meneses tossed in 11 markers. The Tigresses forced the game’s last deadlock at 2-2 before the Lady Tamaraws rediscovered the form that won the first two sets behind Pons to put the game beyond reach at 13-4.

FEU plays UP in UAAP Men’s Football semis

Defending champion Far Eastern University routed University of the East, 5-0, to finish second and forge a semis duel with last season’s runner-up University of the Philppines, which battled Adamson University to a 1-1 standoff. The Tamaraws collected 30 points in second place while the Fighting Maroons had 28 points in third spot.

The FEU-UP duel, a rematch of last season’s Finals, is also scheduled on Sunday at the Malate venue.

Jess Melliza (3rd, 9th) and Arnel Amita (19th, 37th) netted a brace, while Eric Giganto fired his 16th goal of the season in the 40th for the Tamaraws, who fielded in reigning MVP Paolo Bugas late in the match, his first appearance since going down with a knee injury in the first round.

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Far Eastern U players celebrate their win against Adamson as the Lady Tams secured at least a playoff for the last semifinals berth. (Photo by Josh Albelda of UAAPsports.tv)

Far Eastern U players celebrate their win against Adamson as the Lady Tams secured at least a playoff for the last semifinals berth. (Photo by Josh Albelda of UAAPsports.tv)

Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas got a lifeline in their semifinals bids after prevailing over respective foes in the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday.

The Tigresses made short work of also-ran University of the East, 25-10, 25-22, 25-11, while the Lady Tamaraws bundled Adamson University out of the playoff picture with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 win in the penultimate day of the eliminations.

UST and FEU wound up with identical 6-8 slates, and will play in a do-or-die match for the No. 4 slot in the post-season. University of the Philippines was unable to secure a playoff for the semis slot after losing to National University in the final day of eliminations.

“Nagkakaroon ng kumpiyansa ang lahat ng players,” said coach Shaq delos Santos after his Lady Tamaraws won their second straight do-or-die match, counting last Wednesday’s four-set triumph over the Lady Maroons.

Pons scored all but one of her 12 hits from attacks, while Palma, who accounted four of FEU’s 10 blocks, also tossed in 12 points, and Casugod added 10 markers.

FEU plays UP in UAAP Men’s Football semis

Defending champion Far Eastern University routed University of the East, 5-0, to finish second and forge a semis duel with last season’s runner-up University of the Philppines, which battled Adamson University to a 1-1 standoff. The Tamaraws collected 30 points in second place while the Fighting Maroons had 28 points in third spot.

The FEU-UP duel, a rematch of last season’s Finals, is also scheduled on Sunday at the Malate venue.

Jess Melliza (3rd, 9th) and Arnel Amita (19th, 37th) netted a brace, while Eric Giganto fired his 16th goal of the season in the 40th for the Tamaraws, who fielded in reigning MVP Paolo Bugas late in the match, his first appearance since going down with a knee injury in the first round.

 

Lady Tams still alive in Final Four race

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Far Eastern University ended a three-game slide by topping University of the Philippines, 19-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, and force a four-way logjam in fourth spot along with its victims, Adamson and idle University of Santo Tomas at 5-8 in the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Yung skills, nandiyan na. Kailangan nandoon yung willingness na manalo,” said coach Shaq delos Santos, whose Lady Tamaraws ended a three-game slide.

Bernadette Pons regained her old form, finishing with 20 hits, including three service aces, and 11 digs, while Remy Palma had three blocks for a 16-hit showing for FEU.

The Lady Tamaraws will face the Lady Falcons in a virtual do-or-die match on Saturday.
“Malaki ang tiwala sa team ko, kahit mga bata pa yan, naniniwala ako sa kakayahan nila. Paghihirapan namin yung last game against Adamson, yun ang kailangan naming magawa,” said delos Santos.

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Eric Giganto scored four goals in FEU's 6-0 rout over UST over the weekend.

Eric Giganto scored four goals in FEU’s 6-0 rout against UST over the weekend.

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines and De La Salle secured the first three semifinals berths after prevailing over their separate foes in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament over the weekend.

Eric Giganto fired four goals as the Tamaraws overpowered University of Santo Tomas, 6-0, yesterday, while the Fighting Maroons beat University of the East, 2-0, in the Saturday night game at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo.

FEU and UP remained tied on top with 27 points, although the Morayta-based booters are way ahead in goal difference, while La Salle is in third spot with 26 points.

Giganto took the lead for the league’s best goalscorer race with 15 after scoring in the 12th, 35th, 58th and 62nd minute, while Arnel Amita (16th) and Jess Melliza (46th) also contributed for the Tamaraws.

Meanwhile, UP forged its one-game women’s Finals matchup against titleholder FEU with a 3-1 win over UST. The Lady Maroons now have 13 points behind the Lady Tamaraws’ league-leading 16 points.

Amita nets hat-trick as FEU IX wins

Arnel Amita, who is seen here in action against Adamson, blasted three goals against Ateneo to lead FEU's 4-0 win. (Photo from UAAP Sports)

Arnel Amita, who is seen here in action against Adamson, blasted three goals against Ateneo to lead FEU’s 4-0 win. (Photo from UAAP Sports)

Standings: FEU 24 pts, UP 24, DLSU 23, ADMU 22, NU 20, UST 12, UE 4, AdU 0

ARNEL AMITA netted three goals as defending champion Far Eastern University plummeled Ateneo, 4-0, and gain a piece of the lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament yesterday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
Amita, fouled by Jin Montemayor inside the box, scored the spot kick in the 38th minute, converted a sharp volley shot in the 67th and completed a hat-trick 16 minutes later to seal the deal for the Tamaraws.
“Palagay ko umaangat kami ngayon. Every game, iniisip namin na championship game,” said Amita.
FEU now has 24 points to join idle University of the Philippines on top of the table, although the Morayta-based booters are ahead in goal difference. The Blue Eagles were visibly off-sync, as proved by a miscommunication between Wilson Marcelino and keeper JP Oracion allowed Eric Giganto to score and double the Tamaraws’ lead in the 56th.

Tamaraw Booters solidify spot in semis; Lady Tams reach finals

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Defending champion Far Eastern University opened a four-point cushion over National University in the race for the last semis berth with an emphatic 5-1 victory in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament .

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 17th minute courtesy of Paolo Salenga, but the Tamaraws regrouped as Arnel Amita scored a brace in the 46th and 73rd minute, while Jess Melliza (60th), Audie Menzi (64th) and Michael Menzi (79th) also contributed goals to avenge their 1-3 loss in the first round.

FEU now has 21 points, while NU stayed at 17 points in fifth place.

Lady Tamaraw Booters blank UP to claim spot in the Finals

Goals from Charmaine Fagaragan and Sharmine Siaotong ensured that the FEU Lady Tamaraws are in the finals for the third straight season following a 2-0 win over UP at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field on Saturday afternoon.

The defending champions, whose passage to the Finals was halted by La Salle last week, took no time to make their intentions realized. Just two minutes into the match, FEU went ahead. The Lady Tamaraws launched a quick attack after intercepting UP’s attempt to play rapid off a dead ball. Ina Araneta got ahead of the pack before giving the ball to Charmaine Fagaragan. The forward sneaked the ball in towards the net with technique, timing it well to beat the rushing UP goalkeeper AJ Javier.

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FEU Spikers rebound with twin wins

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FAR Eastern University held off a surprisingly tough University of the East, 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, to boost its Final Four campaign in the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Arena. The Lady Warriors finally won a set this season and even led, 12-11, in the fourth frame before Bernadette Pons and Remy Palma combined forces down the stretch to help the Lady Tamaraws win for the first time in 2015 and improve to 4-5 card.

“Gumana ang depensa at attack ng mga open spikers (ng UE). Ganoon talaga, second round na ito. On and off pa rin ang laro, hindi puwedeng ganoon sa mga natitira naming laro,” said FEU mentor Shaq delos Santos, whose wards halted a two-game slide.
Pons tallied 14 points and 11 digs, while Palma had two blocks to finish with 11 points for the Lady Tamaraws.

The Lady Warriors, who dropped to 0-9, drew big numbers from Shaya Adorador (14 hits) and Angelica Dacaymat (13 hits) but committed a whooping 38 errors.
In men’s play, Greg Dolor had three blocks for a 23-point effort as FEU nipped UP, 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 22-25, 15-10, for its third win in eight starts.

Playing their best game of the season, the Lady Warriors snatched the third frame after substitute Laizah Bendong converted a service ace which turned out to be the set point.
The Lady Tamaraws frontline struggled, as Geneveve Casugod played only in the third set as she is recovering with an ankle injury, while Jerrili Malabanan chipped in only four points after an impressive eight-hit effort against the Lady Spikers last week.

“Kailangan namin ng panalo dahil target namin Top 4. Mahirap pero kailangan paghirapan namin,” said Delos Santos, whose wards are now only trailing fourth-running University of the Philippines by half a game.

Lady Tams take early lead in UAAP Chess

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Riding on Women’s International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna’s win over reigning MVP and fellow WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda in Board 1, the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws edged De La Salle, 2.5-1.5 in the opening round and tripped University of the East, 3-1, in the second round. Collecting 5.5 points, FEU is half point clear of the Lady Archers, who rebounded from the opening day loss to the Lady Tamaraws with a 3.5-.5 crushing of the Lady Bulldogs.

The Tigresses and the Lady Bulldogs are in joint third place with 4.5 points.

Adamson University and National University share first place in the men’s division, even as Far Eastern University seized the top spot in the distaff side after two rounds in the UAAP Season 77 chess tournament last weekend at the 4th floor of the Henry Sy Bldg. inside the De La Salle University campus. The Falcons tallied a 2.5-1.5 win over University of Santo Tomas in the opening round and routed University of the Philippines, 3.5-1.5, in the second round.

With last season’s Rookie of the Year Austin Literatus leading the way, the Bulldogs downed Ateneo, 3-1, in the first round and downed defending champion Far Eastern University, 3-1, in the second round. Adamson, which placed second last year, and NU now has six points, half point ahead of third running UST, which has 5.5 points.

In deference of the ongoing Papal visit, the league has canceled the matches scheduled last Wednesday and this weekend. Third round action resumes on Wednesday.

FEU beats Lady Bulldogs to end skid

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Pumped-up Far Eastern University (FEU) ended a pair of losing skids on Saturday, cutting a taller National University (NU) to size as the Lady Tamaraws clinched their third win in the 77th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

The Lady Tamaraws banked on the superb games of Bernadeth Pons and rookie Toni Rose Basas to overpower the Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10 and snapped a two-game slide heading into the Christmas break.

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FEU opens football title defense by beating UST

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) coasted to a 7-4 win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) to open its title retention bid in style Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

The Tamaraws were in attack mode right from the start, pulled away to a commanding 4-1 lead at the break and never looked back.

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