Ateneo, NU eye 4th win in UAAP volleyball

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ATENEO de Manila University and National University (NU) try to keep within striking distance of unbeaten De La Salle University as they tackle separate foes today at the resumption of UAAP Season 75 women’s volleyball action.

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The Lady Eagles battle winless University of the Philippines (UP) at 2 p.m., while the Lady Bulldogs collide with on-and off University of Santo Tomas (UST) at 4 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

Ateneo strung three wins after dropping its season opener to NU to gain a piece of second place heading to the two-week holiday break.

Reeling from a forgettable loss to the Lady Spikers, the Lady Bulldogs needed one morale boosting victory heading into the holidays.

NU, on the other hand, made short work of Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19, in December 15 for a 3-1 slate.

Titleholder De La Salle is the only unbeaten team at 4-0. It has not yielded a set this season.

Veterans Alyssa Valdez, Amy Ahomiro and libero Denden Lazaro will lead the way for the Lady Eagles, who are hoping to draw from rookie Jia Morado’s playmaking.

The Lady Maroons are still looking for their first win under new coach Jerry Yee. They are coming off a 9-25, 21-25, 19-25 defeat to the Lady Spikers also on December 15.

UP is at 0-4 alongside University of the East at the bottom of the standings.

The Tigresses are hoping to open the New Year with a bang but they need to find ways to neutralize the Lady Bulldogs’ towering sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago.

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