COACH Roger Gorayeb makes his return in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament when his new team National University (NU) clashes with struggling University of Santo Tomas (UST) today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The game is at 2 p.m.
Adamson University seeks to extend its winning run to four games against University of the Philippines in the day’s other match at 4 p.m.
Taking over an underachieving Lady Bulldogs side mired in fifth place at 2-3, Gorayeb’s entry will give them a shot in the arm they needed right now.
In a bid to reverse NU’s fortunes around in the New Year, Gorayeb, who steered Ateneo to a couple of runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013, was appointed on Monday by athletic director Junel Baculi to replace Ariel dela Cruz.
Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo, Rizza Mandapat and rookie Jorelle Singh will definitely bloom under Gorayeb, who hopes to bring the Lady Bulldogs to a legitimate title contender just like what he did with the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Falcons now boasts of a much-improved attacking game to complement their tough floor defense to vault to third place with a 3-2 slate.
The Lady Falcons need to level up their game in their 4 p.m. duel with the Lady Maroons, whose 2-4 record is deceiving with the way they played this season.
UP gave defending champion Ateneo a huge scare before yielding a close 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 11-15 loss on Sunday.
Mylene Paat, who is enjoying a solid season with her new position as open spiker, will lead Adamson’s charge along with Amanda Villanueva, Jessica Galanza and Faye Guevara.
The Lady Falcons are bracing for a possible onslaught by the dreaded Lady Maroons trio of Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola and Angeli Araneta.
After winning the season opener, the Tigresses dropped their last four matches to drop to seventh place despite having a solid roster behind rookie EJ Laure, Pam Lastimosa, Ria Meneses, Jessie de Leon and Carmela Tunay.