THE Far Eastern University women’s basketball team's quest for a third straight UAAP title is in jeopardy as reports of one of its players seeing action in another league while the season is in progress has the team facing the forfeiture of its won games.
UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip confirmed the board has received a report that one of the FEU women's team's players saw action in a commercial league while the Season 76 basketball tournament is ongoing.
Isip did not identify the player, but sources said the FEU star being accused of playing in a "larong labas" is Vangie Soriano.
Isip said UAAP officials have not discussed the issue, although the board is set to meet on September 9.
The Lady Tamaraws hold first place in the eliminations with a 10-1 win-loss slate, but a forfeiture of games could spoil their bid for a third straight title.
Curiously, Soriano, the team’s second leading scorer in the first round, missed FEU’s 54-48 victory over University of the Philippines last Wednesday.
The Lady Tamaraws went undefeated in the last two seasons and continued the surge this year until the streak was ended at 26 by University of Santo Tomas with a 61-58 win on August 18.
A bid for an award by Camille Sambile, the leading MVP contender at the end of the first round, is also in jeopardy as statistics as well as won games are part of the computation for individual titles.
FEU officials have yet to respond to requests for comment, as of posting time.
There have been previous cases in the league in 2011 where won games were forfeited after volleyball players were caught playing in commercial leagues during the season.
Won games were forfeited by the league when it ruled that La Salle’s Carmela Garbin and Clarisse Yeung, University of the Philippines’ Lorraine Chua, and University of the East’s Alyssa Paril had played in a tournament called the Vikings' Cup.