University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University zero in on semis berths

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University hurdled separate foes to move closer from clinching Final Four berths in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.

Sisi Rondina took over late in the third set as the Tigresses put University of the Philippines on the brink of elimination with a 25-21, 25-12, 26-24 victory.

Heather Guino-o and Jerrili Malabanan combined for 21 kills as the Lady Tamaraws finally won a straight-set match this season, fashioning out a 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 romp of already eliminated National University.

Improving their records at 8-4, not only UST and FEU enhanced their semifinals chances, but also gave them a twice-to-beat slot incentive, as the two traditional powerhouses now trail defending champion La Salle (8-3) by just half-a-game.

“On the right track pa rin kami. Sa amin, importante ang last two games namin. Yung mga ganoong bagay, hindi namin lalagpasan, kailangang i-grab ang opportunity na ito,” said coach Kungfu Reyes, who is seeking to steer the Tigresses to their second Final Four stint in three seasons.

The loss - the sixth in 12 matches - put the Lady Maroons on the ropes, as the Diliman-based squad needs to sweep their last two games to gain a playoff for the last semis slot.