National University (NU) seeks to nail the first of two wins it needs to force a playoff for the last semifinal berth as it takes on ousted Baguio today even as University of the Philippines tries to stay in the race against also-ran Iriga in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Bulldogs are raring to atone for their sorry five-set setback to the Air Force Jet Spikers last week where they squandered a 2-1 set lead and lost the next two sets, falling to 2-3 and on the verge of elimination.
But ranged against Baguio in the 6:30 p.m. main game, NU is expected to cruise past the winless squad and rejoin Laoag at fourth at 3-3 heading to their final matches in the single round eliminations of the season-opening conference of the league where it all started.
NU and Laoag will have UP as their final eliminations opponent.
But the Lady Maroons are also trying to keep their slim hopes for a playoff alive. Despite toting a 1-3 card, UP could still make it via backdoor with a sweep of its last three matches.
But the Lady Maroons must hurdle the Lady Oragons in today’s 4 p.m. match then they will play the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday and the Laoag Power Smashers in the final elimination playdate on June 27.
Pocari Sweat, which swept its first five games, is safely in the semifinals while surging BaliPure and Air Force are assured of playoff spots with similar 4-1 cards.
That leaves Laoag, NU and UP to fight for the last semifinal berth, making the last four playdates crucial in their respective campaigns.
Laoag fueled its bid with a three-set romp over Baguio for a 3-3 mark last Saturday that also saw Pocari oust Iriga with a four-set victory.
NU coach Roger Gorayeb hopes to pin his hopes again on Jaja Santiago and Jorelle Singh, actually the leading scorers in the league with 93 and 76 hits, respectively, in five games.