University of Santo Tomas (UST) expects Ateneo de Manila University to unleash its full might in Wednesday’s decider but the Tigresses remain confident of their chances for a repeat and a steal of the other finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12-Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Tigresses came through with a gem of game and stunned the highly touted, erstwhile unbeaten Lady Eagles, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22, on Sunday to force a deciding Game Three in their semifinal playoff.
The match is set at 4 p.m. tomorrow, also at The Arena.
Second seed National University (NU) booked the first championship berth in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s by sweeping Far Eastern U in their side of the Final Four, capped by a 20-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 romp, also on Sunday.
Ennajie Laure, Carmela Tunay, Marivic Meneses, skipper Pam Lastimosa and Jessey de Leon took turns in the delivering the hits and made things tougher for Ateneo and league’s scoring leader Alyssa Valdez with their solid triple blocking and superb court coverage.
“I always tell them that as long as they believe in themselves, they will always have a chance even against top teams like Ateneo,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino after steering the Tigresses to the big win.