UST Seeks Redemption Against FEU


University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) are gearing up for another intense showdown this Saturday. Both teams have something to prove, especially after their dramatic first-round encounter. UST’s Golden Tigresses clinched a remarkable comeback victory against FEU’s Lady Tamaraws in the previous round, and the stakes are high for both sides as they face off again.

The Golden Tigresses’ Quest for Dominance

Last March, the Golden Tigresses rallied from two sets down to snatch a thrilling 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-7 victory against the Lady Tamaraws. This remarkable feat, achieved with the help of a surprise performance from Xyza Gula, showcased UST’s resilience and determination.

Now, UST aims for a more decisive win to solidify their position in the Final Four. A victory would not only validate their earlier success but also bring them closer to securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the upcoming playoffs.

FEU’s Chance for Redemption

On the other hand, FEU is eager to avenge their heartbreaking loss and claim the last spot in the semifinals. “We’re hungry to really get back at them,” FEU coach Manolo Refugia expressed in Filipino. The Lady Tamaraws are determined to erase the memory of their defeat and turn the tables on UST this time around.

Key Players to Watch

  • Xyza Gula: After her standout performance in the last encounter, all eyes will be on Gula to see if she can replicate her magic for UST.
  • Angge Poyos: UST’s leading Rookie of the Year-Most Valuable Player candidate is set to return against FEU, adding firepower to the Golden Tigresses’ offense.
  • Jonna Perdido and Regina Jurado: These two players have been instrumental in UST’s recent victories and will play crucial roles in Saturday’s match.

FEU’s Strategy

FEU is well-aware of UST’s strengths and weaknesses. With a chance for redemption, they are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations. “It was really painful, that loss. Really heartbreaking because we were two sets ahead,” FEU’s coach Refugia reflected, emphasizing their determination to emerge victorious this time.

The Road Ahead for UST

Having secured a semifinal seat ahead of others, UST has proven their dominance in the league. However, a recent setback against the National University Bulldogs has reminded them of the challenges that lie ahead. With only three games left in their schedule, UST is focused on maintaining their winning momentum and preparing for the crucial stages of the tournament.

FEU’s Final Push

FEU is also eyeing the top-four spot and is keen on capitalizing on any opportunity to advance. With the Lady Tamaraws currently sitting outside the top ranks, a win against UST would significantly boost their chances of making it to the semifinals.


As the UST Golden Tigresses and FEU Lady Tamaraws prepare to renew their rivalry, expectations are high for an electrifying match. With both teams hungry for victory and the semifinals within reach, Saturday’s showdown promises to be a thrilling encounter that fans won’t want to miss.

🏐 #USTvsFEU #GoldenTigresses #LadyTamaraws 🏐

Image source: Manila Times


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