Defending champion Ateneo tries to stay on course for an outright championship berth in the Finals against Far Eastern University (FEU) today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Ateneo-FEU match is at 2 p.m.
Seeking their 11th consecutive victory, the Lady Eagles will miss rookie middle hitter Bea de Leon, who will be out for at least three weeks due to an index finger injury she suffered on Monday’s training.
Ateneo has already secured the first semifinals incentive and definitely, the Lady Eagles are going all out to jump straight to the title round even without De Leon.
But even without De Leon, the Lady Tamaraws will still find the Lady Eagles a tough customer with reigning MVP Alyssa Valdez, Ella de Jesus and Amy Ahomiro leading the way. Bracing for another grind it out battle, De La Salle aims to clinch the remaining twice-to-beat slot in the semifinals as it faces University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The Tigresses seek to extend their winning streak to five, and the Lady Spikers hope to end their amazing run in the 4 p.m. game
La Salle, which has a 9-1 slate, is coming off a scrambling 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25 victory over National University (NU) on Saturday.
From as low as seventh place, UST strung four straight wins to zoom to solo third and move at the .500 mark.
With Pam Lastimosa, Carmela Tunay, Ria Meneses and rookie EJ Laure playing inspired, the Tigresses repeated over the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23, last Sunday.
Mika Reyes, Ara Galang, Cyd Demecillo, Carol Cerveza, Christine Soyud and Mary Joy Baron will be the vital cogs for La Salle.
Tigresses coach Odjie Mamon is hoping that his troops will sustain their impressive run by maintaining their focus on the game and avenge their disappointing 23-25, 25-27, 17-25 loss to the Lady Spikers in the first round.
The Lady Spikers showed toughness in crunchtime in the first round, and Mamon is looking forward for a better effort this time from his Tigresses.
Locked in a four-way tie from fourth to seventh places along with NU, University of the Philippines and Adamson University at 4-6, FEU needs a win so badly to keep its Final Four aspirations alive.