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Lady Tams pounce on erratic Lady Warriors

By Josiah Albelda Posted Dec 4th 2013

The FEU Lady Tamaraws had little trouble beating the UE Lady Warriors in the UAAP 76 women's volleyball tournament.

The new era at Far Eastern University is off to a good start.

For a similarly rebuilding University of the East, more questions have arisen.

The Lady Tamaraws swept the erratic Lady Warriors, 25-14, 25-15, 25-11, in the 76th UAAP women's volleyball tournament Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

With new head coach Shaq delos Santos at the helm, FEU made mincemeat of UE, limiting their foes to just 18 hits even as the Lady Warriors committed 32 unforced errors.

The Lady Tamaraws raced to an 8-3 lead as rookie Shaya Adorador and Jasmine Alcayde misfired on five straight attempts for UE.

But the Lady Warriors kept themselves in the thick of the game, trimming the deficit to three off an ace by Abigail Ponon, 13-10.

However, FEU would finish the set with a 15-4 windup, relying on an onslaught punctuated by back-to-back hits by freshman Bernadeth Pons.

It was virtually the same story in the second frame, as UE fought the Lady Tamaraws tooth-and-nail only to falter in a 10-5 blitz to close the set.

Sensing blood, FEU pounded the Lady Warriors again and again in the final set even as UE continued to pour in error after error as they lost their 15th straight outing dating to Season 75.

Pons led all scorers with 10 points, Geneveve Casugod had nine while Sam Dawson and Rem Palma added seven markers apiece for the Lady Tamaraws, who missed the Final Four last year.

Gyzel Sy dominated the setting battle, completing 28 excellent sets to UE counterpart Ponon's 11.