Bernadeth Pons and FEU took 3 years before heaping a loss on Ateneo and the top Lady Tamaraw couldn’t be happier.
“Sobrang saya kasi after 3 years, ngayon lang namin sila natalo,” she said after they pounded the Lady Eagles last Wednesday. “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi syempre Ateneo isa yan sa mga contender sa UAAP.”
While the Katipunan side has been in the finals of the UAAP the last 5 years, FEU has not entered the championship round since Season 71.
But with Ateneo feeling the effects of losing stars Alyssa Valdez and Amy Ahomiro to graduation, the tables have been turned and the Lady Tamaraws are tagged as one of the teams to watch for in the upcoming collegiate wars.
FEU coach Shaq delos Santos stressed the importance of beating the Lady Eagles even in a match that doesn’t have a lot of importance to their standings.
“Yun yung pinaguusapan namin nung Monday pa, hanggang kagabi na kailangan kung gusto man natin silang talunin pwede na nating simulan ngayong araw,” he said. “At least nakaisa na kami kahit papano.”
Aside from putting an end to their drought against Ateneo, the Lady Tamaraws also notched the top seed heading into the semis — where they could face the Lady Eagles anew if the latter prevails over San Sebastian in their do-or-die tiff on Saturday. — By John Chester Fajardo