Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University seeks for a back-to-back title when it goes up against former titlist De La Salle University in Game 2 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball finals on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The game is set at 3:30 p.m.
After winning over La Salle in straight sets in Game 1 (25-18, 25-19, 25-19), the Lady Eagles of Thai head coach Tai Bundit are expected to go for the kill against a struggling La Salle side to close out the season with unbeaten record.
“We have to play our best and remain determined to win it. We are expecting La Salle to fight back. It was a great game last Wednesday but we need to improve more especially on our errors,” said Ateneo’s main gunner Alyssa Valdez, who will receive her second Most Valuable Player trophy during the awarding ceremonies.
“We just can’t underestimate them (La Salle),” she added.
Besides Valdez, Ateneo will rely on season’s Best Setter Jia Morado, Amy Ahomiro, Michelle Morente, Bea De Leon and Best Receiver awardee Michelle Dennise Lazaro.
The Lady Spikers, on the other hand, will be going all-out to stay alive in the series. They must beat Ateneo thrice to reclaim the title they last won in Season 75.
La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus must come up with a solid game plan after losing team captain Ara Galang and alternate opposite hitter Camille Cruz because of injuries.
Cruz injured her right knee in Game 1 after a bad fall.
Last Saturday, La Salle’s main player Ara Galang suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Medial Collateral ligament (MCL) and medial meniscus injuries in their do-or-die game against National University.
Cythealee Demecillo, Mika Reyes and rookie Christine Soyud will be leading the front line of the Lady Spikers as well as Mary Joy Baron, Desiree Cheng and Kim Fajardo.