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    FEU Lady Tams, UP Lady Maroons in do-or-die match as semis race goes down to the wire

    Apr 4, 2017
    Toni Basas and the Lady Tamaraws face Nicole Tiamzon and the Lady Maroons, with winners getting the chance to advance outright or be sent to see action in a playoff. Jaime Campos

    FAR Eastern University and University of the Philippines clash in a do or die match on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    The winner of the 4 p.m. match will earn at least a playoff for spot in the Final Four and the loser bowing out.

    FEU and UP tied for fourth with National University at 7-6.

    NU will try to force a playoff for a semifinal spot when it takes on third-running University of Sto. Tomas (8-5) on Saturday.

    A UST victory in that match will eliminate NU and give an automatic semifinal spot to the winner of the FEU-UP match.

    Ateneo and La Salle have secured the top two semis berths.

    “Sinabi ko sa mga bata na, kung ngayon medyo ’di ba naging alanganin ang standing namin, ito ang start ng journey namin sa UAAP kalimutan na natin lahat ng pangit na nangyari,” said FEU team captain Remy Palma.

    “So ngayon natin ibigay lahat ibuhos na natin lahat kasi ito na eh, ito na ang nasa harap natin, ito na ang paninindigan natin, gagawin na natin lahat,” she added.

    FEU is coming off a three-set win over NU, while UP looks to bounce back from a loss to UST.

    “Sabi namin ok lang ‘yan meron pa kaming isang game wala na kaming time na magdrama pa kasi dalawang days lang ang pagitan,” said UP sophomore Diana Carlos.

    “Siguro kailangan gustuhin namin ang laro sa Wednesday para makapag-execute kami,” she added.

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    Hoping to make it back to the semis, the Lady Maroons are also hoping to give their graduating players Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon a fine finish to their college careers.

    Palma is determined to avoid a quick end to her final season.

    “Para sa akin last playing year ko ‘to ayaw kong matapos na magiging ganoon lang ang resulta.” said Palma.

    “So kailangan mas paghirapan ko pa, ako ang manguna sa kanila, ibigay ko na lahat kasi huli ko na ‘to eh,” she said. “Wala na akong ibang chance so lahat ng natitirang opportunity na meron pa sa amin iga-grab lang namin.”

    “Kailangan trabahuhin namin, kailangan ibuhos na lahat ng meron kami. Parang every game i-treat namin na last game na ng buhay namin,” she said.

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    Toni Basas and the Lady Tamaraws face Nicole Tiamzon and the Lady Maroons, with winners getting the chance to advance outright or be sent to see action in a playoff. Jaime Campos
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