10 a.m. – DLSU vs PMMS (Spikers’ Turf)
12 noon – NCBA vs EAC (Spikers’ Turf)
NATIONAL University rebounded from its straight sets loss to Ateneo with a 25-21, 29-27, 25-13 victory over a short-handed University of Santo Tomas side yesterday for a winning start in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals at the Philsports Arena.
Jaja Santiago was at her usual dominating self with four blocks to finish with 15 points while Jorelle Singh exploded with 14 points in her second game for the Lady Bulldogs.
The loss put the Tigresses, who sorely missed the services of aces EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina, on the brink of elimination in the mid-season tournament.
UST, which dropped to 0-3 in the carryover quarterfinals, rallied from 10 points down in the second frame but it fell short as Santiago delivered the dagger to give NU a 2-0 set advantage.
“Nakita na naman namin ’yung attitude ng mga player na nagre-relax,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Edjet Mabbayad.
The Tigresses never recovered from that close second set loss, as the Bustillos-based spikers dominated the third set to rebound from last Saturday’s 15-25, 25-27, 17-25 loss to the Lady Eagles.
NU’s carry-over record will depend on the result of last night’s playoff between Ateneo and Technological Institute of the Philippines.
Guest player Eya Laure led UST with 15 points, all from spikes, while Ria Meneses had two blocks to finish with eight points.
EJ Laure and Rondina left for Thailand last Sunday to join their club team in an international competition and will only return if the Tigresses advance to the semifinals.