EARLY quarterfinalists University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas dispute the Group B lead today in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena.
The Lady Maroons and the Tigresses will still go all-out in the 6 p.m. clash, and a victory will matter a lot as the next round will have their win-loss records in the preliminaries to be carried over.
With San Beda and College of Saint Benilde already have three losses in Group B, UP and UST, together with Far Eastern University have already assured of spots in the quarters.
The Lady Red Spikers and the Lady Blazers close out their stints in the mid-season tournament in the curtain raiser at 4 p.m.
Already done with the NCAA teams, the Lady Maroons and the Tigresses are bracing for tougher battles ahead as they vie for slots in the Top 4.
“These games are a barometer kung nasaan na kami,” said UP coach Jerry Yee, whose team will have to deal on UST’s high school aces Eya Laure and Maji Mangulabnan.
The Tigresses will most likely to miss veterans Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure, who are playing in a championship game for another league, and the Lady Maroons need to fully capitalize on this situation.
UST coach Kungfu Reyes is satisfied with the way his team, a mix of holdovers from last year’s UAAP campaign, team B members and high school stalwarts, is performing after two games.
“Good motivation for us (those two wins) going sa games namin sa UP and FEU,” said Reyes. “Every game, may natutunan sila sa mga kalaban namin.”
In the Spikers’ Turf, titleholder Ateneo shoots for its third straight win in Group B against NCBA at 10 a.m., while FEU play PMMS in Group A action at 12 noon.