Coach George Pascua praises Lycha Ebon for win over UE, says chemistry needed for FEU

Leave it to rookie Lycha Ebon to close the show for the Lady Tamaraws.

Far Eastern University (FEU) notched their third win of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament after surviving the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors in five grueling sets, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, earlier at the Filoil Flying V Center.

It was a hard-fought win for the Morayta squad who showed composure despite a 4-7 deficit in the fifth set, inching back to take the lead 11-9 and scoring four straight points to take the victory.

Rookie Lycha Ebon, who scored the last two points, was hailed the Player of the Game as she carried the Lady Tamaraws with 21 points, while senior Celine Domingo chipped in 17.

While FEU head coach George Pascua praised the freshman for leading the charge against UE, he also commended his other players for playing their role, especially in the deciding set.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, tulong-tulong–kung si Lycha ang papatay ng bola, give it to her. Basta lahat sila, kailangang mag-effort especially nung fifth set, kasi kanya-kanya sila ng role sa court,” Pascua said.

Despite this, Pascua asked his seniors to step up especially in the most crucial moments of the game and said the rookies are there to play their part.

“Wala naman akong sinasabi–kailangan lang nilang tulungan ‘yung kasama nila kasi gusto ko na ipakita nila ‘yung leadership nila through action,” Pascua added.

The Morayta squad could have snatched the game earlier as they already led four points in the fourth set, 20-16, but the Lady Warriors came back with nine consecutive points to extend the game.

Pascua admitted his team’s lapses throughout the game as they missed numerous opportunities to pull away, saying chemistry is needed for the Lady Tamaraws to achieve success in their succeeding games.

“Maturity, especially nung fifth set, kasi ‘yun naman talaga yung ineensayo namin para sa game. Pagdating ng end point, kailangang may mag-step up na,” Pascua said.

“Marami pang kailangang ayusin, kasi minsan nagkakaroon pa ng miscommunication sa loob. Chemistry talaga siguro yung iwo-work namin,” Pascua added.

The Lady Tamaraws seek to establish a three-game winning streak as they go up against the Adamson University Lady Falcons on Sunday.

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