In a battle between undefeated teams, the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons bowed down to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in five grueling sets, 27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8, in the 2016 Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City, Saturday.
Despite rallying from two sets down, the Lady Maroons eventually lost steam as the steady Morayta-based squad took the deciding set in easy fashion.
With the loss, the Lady Maroons end the preliminary round with a 3-1 win-loss card, failing to secure a 2-0 carryover record into the quarterfinals.
Isa Molde and Diana Carlos led the fight for the Lady Maroons with 20 points each, while Justine Dorog added 14.
On the other hand, Chin Basas spearheaded the onslaught for FEU with 24 points, while Remy Palma contributed 15.
The Diliman-based squad struggled to maintain their 10-point lead in the first set, 21-11, with Basas leading the charge for FEU as the team snatched the set, 27-25.
Down five points in the second set, 14-19, the Lady Maroons climbed back as Dorog served back-to-back aces to tie the game, 22 all. However, a Palma attack and an attack error from Dorog gave the set to FEU, 25-22.
The Lady Tamaraws rallied from a five-point deficit in the third set to inch closer,17-18, but the Lady Maroons took seven of the last eight points to close the set, 25-18.
FEU staged a late comeback in the fourth set, rallying from five points down, 11-16, to trim the lead down to one, 18-19.
FEU saved three set points, 23-24, but a power tip from Carlos sealed the set for UP.
The Lady Tamaraws started hot in the fifth set, winning the first five points, but the Lady Maroons went on a 6-2 run to move within one, 6-7.
However, UP eventually collapsed, hitting back-to-back attack errors to send FEU to match point, which the Lady Tamaraws took, 15-8.
Team captain Katherine Bersola wants her team to be more consistent with their game.
“We just have to work on trusting ourselves more and each other and ‘yung confidence sa isa’t isa,” she said.
Bersola was used sparingly throughout the game after suffering an apparent left ankle sprain.
The quarterfinals will begin next week.