FAR Eastern University will be facing Ateneo with a twice-to-beat disadvantage, this time, in a Final Four rematch in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, which fires off over the weekend.
After making it to the Finals last year without wasting their twice-to-beat advantage and leaning on the heroics of former star Bernadeth Pons, the Lady Tamaraws won’t have both in facing the intact Lady Eagles in their third straight semifinals duel.
FEU head coach George Pascua admitted that they are against a powerhouse squad, which has the best record and beaten them twice in the elimination round.
But he remained defiant even though they have to beat Ateneo twice for them to earn return trip in the Finals.
“Siyempre hindi kami titigil hanggan’t di namin naa-achieve ang goal namin. Pagtatrabahuhan pa namin,” Pascua said. “May mga ipa-polish na lang kami for Ateneo game and hopefully ma-achieve namin.”
“Laban kung laban na yan eh. Sa semis wala na dapat excuses. Basta ang importante naka-focus dun sa game plan,” he added.
The Lady Tamaraws are brimming with confidence entering the Final Four after stunning defending champion De La Salle in a no-bearing game with a come-from-behind 25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8 victory on Sunday to end their elimination round on a high note.
“Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi sobrang makakatulong po sa amin ito sa mga next games pa namin,” said graduating hitter Heather Guino-o, who lifted FEU with 24 points to end an eight-game skid to La Salle.
“Sinasabi ni coach na kapag nag-usap kami mas male-lessen ang errors namin saka kung sino talaga ang mas gustong manalo yun ang manananalo,” she added.
Libero Buding Duremdes is also ready for another showdown against the Lady Eagles,
“Laban lang kahit anong mangyari. Sabi nga ni coach utak saka puso,” Duremdes said.