(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4 p.m. --La Salle vs UST (Women/semis)
(Mall of Asia Arena)
12 noon -- NU vs FEU (Men/semis)
4 p.m. --Ateneo vs FEU (Women/semis)
FAR EASTERN University completed its domination of University of Santo Tomas, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, to forge a showdown with twice-to-beat National University in the UAAP men's volleyball step-ladder semifinals at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.
Greg Dolor came through with 13 points, including the match-clinching service ace that completed the Tamaraws fightback from a 10-16 hole in the third frame to extend their season.
“Nakuha ng mga bata yung pinaghirapan namin,” said FEU coach Rey Diaz. “Pero hindi pa kami tapos.”
The third-ranked Tamaraws, who defeated the Growling Tigers in all three meetings this season via straight sets, will take on the Bulldogs on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
FEU needs to win twice against NU to advance in the best-of-three championship opposite undefeated Ateneo, and Diaz believes that his troops still has enough materials to pull off a reversal.
“Technically, talagang underdog kami. Pero naniniwala kami na mas malaki ang puso namin. Strength ng mga bata yung paniniwala nila. Dapat maniwala tayo sa sarili natin,” said Diaz.
Jude Garcia added 12 points, highlighted by a service winner in the extended second frame that gave the Tamaraws a 2-0 set advantage, while libero Rikko Mamerto was huge with 17 digs and 19 excellent receptions.
Despite playing with a hurting arm which he has been dealing in the second round, Mamerto was FEU's example of no-quit attitude.
“Kaya iyan ang motivation sa mga spiker at setter ko, na yung pinaghirapan na masakit ang kamay, i-convert natin into points.” said Diaz.
The Tamaraws are definitely want to make the most out of making it to the Final Four after a one-year absence.
Arnold Bautista had 12 points, including two service aces, five digs and 10 excellent receptions to lead UST, which wound up fourth in the season.