University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo collide today in what promises to be a fierce, no-holds-barred encounter between title contenders with no less than at least a playoff for a Final Four spot at stake in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
With the Tigresses carrying a 1-0 card into the single round quarters with a victory over groupmates the Davao Agilas in the elims, the six-time champions need a win in their showdown with the reigning UAAP titlists to assure themselves of at least a playoff for one of the semis berths.
But the Lady Eagles are raring to rebound from a heart-breaking five-set loss to the surprising Agilas at the start of the quarters phase in the tough Group I last Thursday. Ateneo also brought a 1-0 slate into the Last 8 phase but dropped to 1-1 following the loss while Adamson, with a 0-1 card, is the other team in the group.
That puts the Lady Eagles in a must-win situation, making the 4 p.m. match worth watching with the Tigresses also out to deliver the blow and gain at least a playoff for one of the two semis seats in their side of the quarters.
Defending champion National U moved closer to a return stint to the Final Four in Group 2 by sweeping Arellano U, also last Thursday, with the Lady Bulldogs, who beat the Lady Eagles in four to capture the crown last year, expected to formalize their semis entry with a win over the St. Benilde Lady Blazers on Thursday.