FEU, NU press V-League semis drive

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UST guest player Eya Laure (8) mocks NU’s Jaja Santiago and Aiko Urdas’ defense as she hammers in a kill during their Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals showdown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

UST guest player Eya Laure (8) mocks NU’s Jaja Santiago and Aiko Urdas’ defense as she hammers in a kill during their Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals showdown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Far Eastern U stakes its solid carryover card against defending champion National U today even as San Sebastian tries to prop up its own Final Four bid against undermanned University of Santo Tomas in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The Lady Tams emerged the lone team without a loss after the Group B elims, bringing in a 2-0 mark into the cutthroat quarters play where every game counts. They hope to stretch that to three and zero in on the first semifinal berth in the mid-season conference sponsored by Shakey’s.

But they will be facing a fired-up NU side, which swept a hard-luck UST squad at the start of the quarters phase last Monday and looked poise to stop FEU on its tracks.

Gametime is at 6 p.m. after the 4 p.m. duel between San Sebastian and UST. Both matches will be aired live on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23 and via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com, according to the organizing Sports Vision.


The Lady Stags tote a 1-1 card in a tie with the Ateneo Lady Eagles and the UP Lady Maroons while the Tigresses are down with a 0-3 mark and must sweep their last two games and hope that at least two of the five teams won’t go over two wins to force a playoff for the last semis berth in the tournament backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.

Grethcel Soltones, the league’s leading scorer with a 76-hit total after the elims, is expected to lead San Sebastian’s bid against UST, which has lost two of its key players in Ennajie Laure and Cherry Rondina and has been relying on guest player Ejiya Laure, Ria Meneses, Carla Sandoval and Christine Francisco and guest setter Ma. Agatha Mangulabnan.

Still, focus will be on the FEU-NU duel with the Lady Tams’ Tony Rose Basas, Remy Joy Palma, Bernadeth Pons and Jerrili Malabanan and playmaker Angela Negrito out to neutralize the Jaja Santiago-led defending champions, who tote a 2-1 card.

But NU interim coach Edjet Mabbayad is confident of hurdling the Lady Tams with Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas, Risa Sato and setter Jasmine Nabor tipped to provide Santiago the needed support in what promises to be a slambang encounter between two of the league’s fancied teams.

Meawhile, La Salle tries to shore up its semis bid in the Spikers’ Turf Season 2 Collegiate Conference as it takes on winless Philippine Merchant Marine School, looking for its third win in four games and a share of the Group A lead with Perpetual Help, NU and FEU.

The match is set at 10 a.m. with NCBA and Emilio Aguinaldo College clashing at 12 noon in a duel of winless teams in Group B.

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