FAR Eastern University shook off a sluggish start to turn back also-ran Jose Rizal University, 28-26, 25-14, 25-15, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Toni Rose Basas had 15 points for FEU, which improved to 3-1 to tie Ateneo in Group A.
Celine Domingo and Jeanette Villarreal each had eight markers for the Lady Tamaraws, who played without top hitter Bernadeth Pons who is in Singapore for the Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships.
“Ewan ko ba mga pasaway ang mga bata. Kasi siguro hinahanap-hanap nila si Pons sa pwesto kasi malaking bagay si Pons eh,” said FEU coach George Pascua.
“Though nanalo naman, na-overcome naman so pagdating sa second set medyo lumayo na sila,” he added.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanila huwag sasabay sa tempo ng kalaban kasi hindi kami sanay sa ganoong tempo,” said Pascua.
“So kailangan ang kalaban ang sumabay sa atin para maiiwan natin sila at hindi ‘yung maghihintay para matalo tayo nila,” he added.
All but one scoring player fielded came up with at least a point for FEU, which scored a total of 41 attacks in the one hour and 17-minute match.
Shola Alvarez scored nine points for JRU, which remained winless in five outings.