THE Davao Lady Agilas debuted with a bang, downing Far Eastern University, 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, on Sunday in the Shakey's V-League Season 11-First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Agilas, composed of players from different schools in in Davao, stunned the Lady Tams with the power-spiking May Shiel Agton leading the onslaught with a match best 15 hits, all coming off kills.
Venus Flores, Princess Joy Oliveros and Angel Mae Antipuesto provided the needed help as they fired 14, 11 and 10, respectively, as the Lady Agilas took fourth spot in Group B .
Idle National University, the reigning champions, sit on top of the group with a 4-0 win-loss slate and have clinched the first of four quarterfinal slots in their bracket.
UST is in second with a 2-1, followed by the Lady Tamaraws, who absorbed their third defeat in five outings.
After seizing the first two sets, Davao appeared headed to a straight set victory when it led by as many as four, 8-4, and then by three thrice including at 16-13.
But FEU, behind Bernadette Pons' heroics, fought its way back and completely turned things around to snatch the third set.
Riding on their third set momentum, the Lady Tams went to a fast 4-2 start before the Lady Agilas regained their rhythm and sealed the win with an Oliveros kill.
"I just told the girls to be patient, play their usual games and not be bothered by pressure even though this is our first time to join here," said Davao Lady Agilas coach Shane Alagao.
Davao, composed of the standouts from Ateneo de Davao, Jose Maria College, San Pedro College, University of Mindanao and Holy Cross, will need another win to put itself half a step closer to the quarters.
"We're just taking it a game at a time," said Alagao.