UAAP Women's Volleyball: La Salle, FEU fight for finals ticket in do-or-die match

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Ateneo Lady Eagles are already in the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women's volleyball tournament.

But they still don't know which team they'll face in the championship after the FEU Lady Tamarawas shocked the De La Salle Lady Spikers in five sets, 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 16-14, on Saturday (April 17) to force a rubber match.

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In a phone interview with CNN Philippines SportsDesk host Mico Halili on Monday (April 18), volleyball analyst Miakka Lim said the key for FEU is starting the match strong.

"They are a young team, so it's really about them starting strong so they can get the momentum going," she said.

Lim also said the Lady Tamaraws should be wary of La Salle, considering they suffered an embarrasing loss on Sunday.

"La Salle is also a championship caliber team and knowing Kim Fajardo and Ara Galang [and the rest of team], they would really bounce back."

Meanwhile, for the Lady Spikers to advance to the finals, Lim said they have to make proper adjustments with their blocking and reception.

"They have to adjust in terms of blocking... their timing has to be right," she said. "Somebody always has to be in front of (Bernadeth) Pons and (Remy) Palma — they were the ones who really dominated the third to the fifth set. I would double up on their blocking and of course first ball reception."

La Salle and FEU will square off in a do-or-die match on Wednesday (April 20) at 4 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.