DEFENDING champion Ateneo de Manila University takes on Adamson University, while former titlist De La Salle University battles National University (NU) as action in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament resumes today at The Arena in San Juan City.
With reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez tossing in 28 points, the Lady Eagles made an early statement on its aspirations for a back-to-back title romp as they dismantled the NU Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15, in last Saturday’s opener.
Ateneo’s Thai coach Anusorn ‘Tai’ Bundit knows that Adamson should not be taken lightly in the 4 p.m. match, as the Lady Falcons should contend even without aces Sheila Pineda, Mayette Zapanta and May Macatuno.
Besides Amanda Villanueva and Mylene Paat, the Lady Falcons also drew big games from sophomore Jessica Galanza and libero Lenlen Cortel.
In the curtain raiser at 2 p.m., La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus knows that NU, trying to move on without top hitters Dindin Santiago and Mina Aganon, will bounce back big. The La Salle Lady Spikers got off to a rocky start, needing a strong showing in the last two sets to prevail over the Adamson Lady Falcons, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17, on Sunday.
Ara Galang fired 27 hits, a point shy of matching her career-high she set in Game 3 of the Season 76 Finals.
Jaja Santiago and Myla Pablo are now carrying the offensive load of the Lady Bulldogs, who seemed out of sync in their opening day defeat to the Lady Eagles.
”All teams are very competitive, even University of the Philippines. We cant afford to have a slow start,” said La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus.
Cyd Demecillo is expected to be back after missing the opener due to a bout of measles, as the Lady Spikers are also pinning their hopes on Mika Reyes, Camille Cruz and Kim Dy.