Games Tuesday
(Smart-Araneta Coliseum)
10 a.m. — AdU vs FEU (men)
12 noon — DLSU vs UE (men)
2 p.m. — AdU vs FEU (women)
4 p.m. — DLSU vs UE (women)

FAR Eastern University (FEU) tries to widen its gap from multiple chasers for the coveted fourth spot while Adamson University (AdU) wants to stay in the thick of the race when they figure in a crucial duel in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Tamaraws hold an inside track to the last Final Four slot by a favorable margin with a 5-4 slate and they are not keen on allowing others to get closer, starting against the Lady Falcons (2-7).

Game time is at 2 p.m. before defending champion and semifinal-bound De La Salle University (DLSU), possibly without reigning MVP Angel Canino, beefs up its twice-to-beat bid against another Final Four hopeful University of the East (2-7) at 4 p.m.

DLSU (8-1) and National University (8-2) along with pacer University of Santo Tomas (9-1) have booked the first three Final Four tickets, leaving one final slot up for grabs among FEU and three other contenders including UE and Ateneo de Manila University (2-7).

The magic number to the Final Four is with seven wins, not leaving FEU out of the woods just yet even if it manages to squeak past AdU for a potential 6-4 slate.

That would mean Adamson, UE and Ateneo still sporting slim chances to get to six wins as well, given FEU’s shutout the rest of the way.

But a win now would push the Lady Tamaraws closer. And it’s here for the taking.

“That’s the goal,” said FEU mentor Manolo Refugia.

Good thing for the Lady Tamaraws, they will have a 25-13, 25-22, 25-17 win over the Lady Falcons in the first-round meeting to bank on to complete the head-to-head sweep. — John Bryan Ulanday