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    Army-reinforced Lady Tamaraws go for the jugular against Lady Bulldogs in V-League title showdown

    May 24, 2014
    Coach Shaq de los Santos, Bernadette Pons and the Lady Tamaraws look to finish the title series in two. Dante Peralta

    ONE win will clear many things for Far Eastern University and the Lady Tamaraws certainly hope to settle things right away.

    Possible schedule problems could be avoided, the many-time UAAP champions can finally bag a title in the commercial league, and former player Shaq de los Santos can win a title as FEU coach if the Lady Tamaraws finish off the defending champion National University Bulldogs in the V-league First Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Lady Tamaraws are on the cusp of their first title in 11 seasons after winning the series opener last week, 26-24, 26-24, 25-22.

    FEU and NU clash at 2:45 p.m., a match that initially coincided with a Super Liga game featuring the Army, the mother club of Lady Tamaraws reinforcements Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Ann Daquis.

    Super Liga officials adjusted its schedule, paving the way for the Army duo to see action for FEU. Next week could be different if FEU allows NU to stretch the series to a decider. Rubie de Leon is also lined up in the Super Liga with PLDT, which has 3 p.m. match at the Astrodome, but the veteran setter is playing this time for the Lady Bulldogs.

    A win by FEU will also have an effect on the battle for third.

    UST and Adamson University clash in the Game Two of the best-of-three series for third place at 12:25 p.m.

    The Lady Falcons won the opener. If FEU ends the title series and UST evens the series for third with Adamson, a quotient system will be applied to determine the winner.

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    Victory will also give coach Shaq de los Santos a title as coach with FEU, after winning three titles as a player. He is a multi-titled coach, but with the University of Santo Tomas.

    “Ayaw ko magsalita ng tapos, pero kung ako ang tatanungin, tapusin na namin sa Sunday,” he said.

    The suddenly-streaking Lady Tamaraws were boosted by the acquisition of national team mainstays Rachel Ann Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga before the quarterfinals, but young Bernadette Pons has also been a solid presence, playing through an injured ankle and scoring 14 in the series opener.

    Dindin Santiago had a fine workout after the loss, although quite long as she played five sets and scored 37 in Petron’s win over PLDT in the Superliga on Wednesday.

    Although she looked a little tired towards the end of the match, she shrugged off suggestions that the performance would badly affect NU’s bid to force a title decider.

    “Hindi naman po maapektuhan… Sanay na rin po ako sa mga sunud-sunod na mga laro,” she said.

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    Coach Shaq de los Santos, Bernadette Pons and the Lady Tamaraws look to finish the title series in two. Dante Peralta
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