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Underdogs FEU, UE lock horns

By Josiah Albelda Posted Dec 4th 2013

Far Eastern University takes on the University of the East in a battle between two teams which missed last season's Final Four.

Far Eastern University targets a return to the Final Four when they open their 76th UAAP women's volleyball tournament campaign against University of the East Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

After missing the semifinals last season, the Lady Tamaraws bring back the core of Gyzel Sy, Tin Agno and May Roxas as the perennial contenders look to gain their first title since 2008.

Sophomore Rem Palma also returns after an impressive rookie season even as freshman Bernadeth Pons makes her collegiate debut after a stellar high school career.

"Nandyan na yung potential," said head coach Shaq delos Santos. "Kailangan lang mas maging tight pa yung team at mabuo sila as one para maganda yung communication sa loob."

Delos Santos sure knows what he's talking about, as FEU showed impressive form in the offseason by placing second in the 2013 Unigames, where they eliminated three-time reigning UAAP champion De La Salle University.

On the other hand, the Lady Warriors, who were winless in Season 75, look to end the drought this year.

That would be easier said than done, however, as coach Boy Dalistan would have to take on the giants of the UAAP sans his mainstays like Leuseht Dawis, Shiesa Nebrida and Grace Masangkay.

The trio has opted to not suit up this season, pushing Faith Bulan and rookie Shaya Adorador to the spotlight.

The game will air live over Studio 23, BALLS SkyCable HD 167 and with a same day replay on BALLS SkyCable channel 34/ Destiny Cable channel 36.