De La Salle University guns for its seventh win and a share of the lead when it battles University of Santo Tomas (UST) today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Spikers and the Tigresses will be colliding at 4 p.m. after the tussle between University of the Philippines and Adamson University at 2 p.m.
La Salle holds the second spot with a 6-2 card behind defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (7-2).
The Lady Spikers want to avenge their 21-25, 22-25, 21-25 loss to the Tigresses in the first round with former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ara Galang, middle hitter Mika Reyes and veteran setter Kim Fajardo expecting to lead the charge.
“Mas pinaghandaan namin sila ngayon. Every game naman talagang pinaghahandaan namin ang mga kalaban namin. Ngayon, kailangan mas focused kami para magawa namin ‘yung mga dapat naming gawin sa court,” stressed Fajardo.
Middle blocker Mary Joy Baron, outside hitter Cyd Demecillo and opposite spiker Kim Dy must also deliver to stop the Tigresses.
“Mas doble pa ang ginawa naming paghahanda ngayon,” La Salle mentor Ramil De Jesus said.
UST coach Kungfu Reyes admitted it’s going to be different this time.
“Doon malalaman sa game namin sa La Salle kung maganda ang gising namin o bangungutin kami. Siguro sa pagkakapanalo namin last time, may ibabaon pa mga player namin. Hopefully madala namin,” said Reyes.Power-hitting Cherry Ann Rondina and EJ Laure, both candidates for this season’s MVP award, will be leading UST’s offense along with middle spikers Jessey De Leon and Ria Meneses, utility spiker Carmela Tunay and setter Alex Cabanos.
The Tigresses, who scored a 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 victory over University of the East in their last game, are back on track with 4-4 slate.
“Very optimistic kami. Ika-counter namin kung anong gagawin nila sa amin,” he added.
EMIL C. NOGUERA