National University (NU) and Ateneo seek to bounce back from back-to-back setbacks as they take on winless Philippine National Police (PNP) and University of the Philippines (UP), respectively, in the Shakey’s V-League Season 2 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City today.
The Lady Bulldogs, reeling from 0-3 losses to the Army Lady Troopers and Cagayan Valley Rising Suns last week, hope to pour it all out against the Lady Patrollers at 2 p.m. and get back on track at 2-2.
The Lady Eagles also target to even their mark in four games in their 4 p.m. clash with the UP Lady Maroons as they try to recover from a straight-set setback to the PLDT Home Telpad side and a sorry five-set defeat to the Air Force Raiders that dampened their quarterfinal chances.
But PNP and UP will also be going all-out for the elusive wins in their attempt to revive their respective quarterfinal bids in the mid-season conference of the league sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
The top six in the eight-team field will advance to the quarters after the single round elims with the top four, after another one round affair, making it to the Final Four, a pair of best-of-three series.
Jaja Santiago and Myla Pablo are expected to lead NU’s charge against PNP, bannered by the league’s No. 2 scorer Frances Molina, who normed 14 hits after four matches, and Jade Maderazo.
Scoring leader Alyssa Valdez, who turned in an average of 23 points in three games hopes to draw solid support from Amy Ahomiro, Michelle Morente, Miren Ge–quillana and Julia Morado as the reigning UAAP champions try to get back on the winning track.