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Bulldogs, Eagles go for the kill

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Volleyball
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Games today:

(Philsports Arena)

10 a.m.-- DLSU vs UST (Spikers' Turf, 3rd Place)

12 noon -- ADMU vs NU (Spikers' Turf Finals)

4 p.m. -- UP vs NU (V-League Semis)

6 p.m. --FEU vs ADMU (V-League Semis)

DEFENDING champion National University and Ateneo seek to arrange a second straight showdown for the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference crown as they go for the kill against University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University, respectively, in the Final Four today at the Philsports Arena.

Behind 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, the undermanned Lady Bulldogs survived a gritty the Lady Maroons side, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, in the opener of their best-of-three semis series late Monday.
With Santiago, juggling time between her V-League and Asian Club Championship stints, most likely to suit up in Game 2, NU assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad wants his troops to elevate the level of play, as UP is capable to extend the series in their 4 p.m. encounter.
“Kailangang improve pa yung mga kulang namin like yung service receive. Marami pa rin kaming unforced error and yung depensa namin,” said Mabbayad.
Working on a short rotation with Santiago, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas, Roma Doromal, Risa Sato and setter Jasmine Nabor, Mabbayad is satisfied the way the Lady Bulldogs showed composure especially when they were pushed by the Lady Maroons to the limits.
“Nakikikita ko na kahit dikitan ang laro (Game 1), lumalaban at nandoon yung tapang,” said Mabbayad, seeking to steer NU to a fourth straight Finals appearance.
UP will come up with the necessary adjustments with coach Jerry Yee hopeful to draw the best from the likes of skipper Kathy Bersola, Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Nicole Tiamzon, Marian Buitre, Justine Dorog and setter Mae Basarte.
“The team is definitely going to give it all it has. It's matter of execution when it counts. Other team did a better job, so they won," said Yee.
The 6 p.m. duel between the Lady Eagles and the Lady Tamaraws.
On the verge of elimination several times this conference, Ateneo's shock 25-14, 28-26, 25-22 victory in Game 1 sent the fancied FEU’s on the ropes after emerging the top seeded squad in the semis.
Bernadeth Pons, who sprained her ankle during warm-up and didn’t see action in Game One, is expected to suit up today and give the Lady Tamaraws needed firepower and poise.
Toni Rose Basas, Mary Joy Palma, Heather Guino-o, Jerrili Malabanan and setter Angela Negrito need to step up for FEU in a bid to send the series to a decider.
But the Lady Eagles, proving that they have moved on without superstar Alyssa Valdez are all fired-up to close it out with skipper Michelle Morente, Bea de Leon, Kim Gequillana and Ana Gopico, along with setter Jia Morado, Pauline Gaston and Jules Samonte.