National University guns for the second quarterfinal berth in Group A as it squares off with also-ran Perpetual Help today while Far Eastern U and University of Santo Tomas prime up for the next round in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
The Lady Bulldogs set out for their 4 p.m. encounter with the Lady Altas brimming with confidence following 3-0 routs over the San Sebastian and Technological Institute of the Philippines sides. And ranged against a team which has never tasted a set win in three games, NU could indeed be in for another smooth sailing.
A third straight victory will formalize the last year’s runners-up stint in the next round as it will join early qualifier San Sebastian, which subdued the TIP side in five last Monday to advance in Group A of the two-division tournament sponsored by Shakey’s and backed by Mikasa as official ball and Accel as official outfitter.
That will also leave the fight for the third and last quarters berth to TIP and Ateneo, which stayed in the hunt at 1-2 with a sweep of Perpetual, also last Monday.
But the defending champion Lady Eagles will have their hands full in their last elims assignment as they will face the Lady Bulldogs at the close of the single round elims on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tams face off with the Tigresses at 6 p.m., looking for a third straight win and a joint hold of the Group B lead with the UP Lady Maroons.
FEU and UST, toting a 2-1 card, have actually clinched the two other berths in the next round but both teams are going flat-out for the win for a better carryover record in the quarters.
The two 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.