10 a.m. – EAC vs SBC (Spikers’ Turf)
12 noon – NU vs DLSU (Spikers’ Turf)
4 p.m. – TIP vs SSC-R (V-League)
6 p.m. – ADMU vs UPHSD (V-League)
SAN SEBASTIAN and Technological Institute of the Philippines dispute the first quarterfinals berth in Group A, while Ateneo and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta try to stave off elimination today in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena.
The Lady Stags and the Lady Engineers are in joint second with 2-1 cards, and the winner between them in the 4 p.m. match will not only formalize their entry into the next round but will also boost their carryover record.
Both winless in two outings, the Lady Eagles and the Lady Altas are in dire need of a victory in the 6 p.m. tussle to avoid early vacation.
Already in the second round of the competition are Group B leader University of the Philippines (3-0), Far Eastern University (2-0) and University of Santo Tomas (2-1).
The only losses San Sebastian and TIP suffered in the tournament are against Group A pacesetter National University, which is undefeated in two games.
Grethcel Soltones is second in scoring in the tournament behind Tigresses guest player Eya Laure, but the reigning Open Conference MVP is getting a lot of help from other Lady Stags players to keep them going.
Denice Lim, Kathe-rine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita are producing the needed numbers to somehow lessen the burden of Soltones in offense.
Coming off a 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 win over Ateneo last Aug. 6 where San Sebastian rallied from 13 points down in the third to prevail, assistant coach Clint Malazo is happy with the team’s progress.
“Nakabawi kami sa talo namin against NU. Maganda ang hatian ng puntos kaya lang kinapos kami dahil sa mga errors. Ngayon nakabawi kami sa pamamagitan ng straight sets (against the Lady Eagles) at magandang momentum ito against TIP,” said Malazo.
The Lady Engineers will bank on guest players Mylene Paat and Chie Saet, as well as standouts Alyssa Layug and Eunice Mabayao in their quest for a breakthrough quarterfinals appearance in the league.