National University (NU) sets out against La Salle today, wary of its chances for a third straight victory against a team bannered by the league’s leading scorer in a key Group A match in the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Bulldogs toppled the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the Philippine Merchant Marine School side in a pair of straight-set romps but expect a tougher outing against the Archers, who split their first two games, holding off the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, but bowing to the reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association champions Perpetual Help Altas, 20-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-14, 12-15.
But with Raymark Woo at the helm, La Salle is expected to measure up with NU, ensuring a fierce battle in the featured 12 noon duel of two of the league’s top teams.
Woo has been averaging 25.5 points after three games and is tipped to dish out another explosive game along with Mike Frey, Arjay Onia, Joshua Elorde and guest player Rafael Del Pilar, libero Jopet Movido and setter Geuel Asia as they try to stop the Bulldogs’ early surge.
Though Woo is the league’s top scorer, NU’s Francis Saura remains the top spiker with an 80 percent success with Madzlan Gampong also producing a solid backup with a 52.78 percent effort. Woo has turned in a 49.44 percent clip.
Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College and San Beda College, both winless in two starts, collide at 10 a.m. with the winner remaining in the semis race.
The top two teams in each side of six after the single round robin eliminations will advance to the Final Four.