The FEU Lady Tamaraws celebrate after winning the Shakey's V-League Season 11 First Conference championship. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com.
MANILA – The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws bucked a slight hiccup in the second set to sweep the National University Lady Bulldogs and win the Shakey's V-League Season 11 First Conference championship Sunday at the San Juan Arena.
Led by alumna and guest player Rachelle Ann Daquis, the Lady Tams carved out a 25-21, 25-23, and 25-18 victory, wrapping up the match in under two hours.
It was FEU’s first championship in the Shakey’s V-League and it came at the expense of the defending champions NU, who were led by reigning Most Valuable Player Dindin Santiago.
Daquis top-scored for FEU with 15 points on 12 attacks, two blocks, and a service ace to win the Player of the Game award. She was later named Finals Most Valuable Player as well.
Bernadette Pons scored 13 points and Jovelyn Gonzaga added 11 markers for the Lady Tams, who had to battle through a nip-and-tuck second set which saw the Lady Bulldogs take a 16-14 lead.
But the Lady Tams were able to rally to take the lead and eventually win the second set after Jaja Santiago was called for an overreaching violation.
The third set was briefly interrupted after power went out at the San Juan Arena. But after the second technical timeout, FEU pulled away from NU thanks to attacks from Daquis as well as a host of errors by the Lady Bulldogs.
Santiago was the only NU player to score in double-digits with 12 points. Younger sister Jaja and Myla Pablo combined for 12, but their efforts were not enough to hold off the Lady Tams.
FEU had beaten NU, 26-24, 26-24, and 25-22, in the first game of the best-of-three series last week to move closer to its first ever Shakey's V-League crown.