Adamson, UST spikers seek vital wins
MANILA, Philippines - Adamson tries to crowd Ateneo at second for the twice-to-beat incentive as it plays a back-to-the-wall National U even as UST and FEU clash in a crucial match in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan today.
The Lady Falcons have won four of their last five games to move closer to the second-running Lady Eagles (9-4) at 8-4 with the San Marcelino-based squad raring to notch that all-important victory against the Lady Bulldogs in their 2 p.m. encounter.
With Sheila Pineda, Mayette Zapanta and Pau Soriano on the firing end, the Lady Falcons survived the Lady Tamaraws in a thrilling five-setter, 22-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-18, 15-13, last Sunday to remain in the hunt for other coveted slot in the post-season.
Rookie coach Sherwin Meneses remains confident of Adamson’s chances to clinch the “twice-to-beat” edge in the semis although he expects a tough outing against the Lady Bulldogs, whose Final Four bid was stymied by a four-set 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 17-25 loss to the Tigresses at the MOA Arena last Saturday.
“NU is a tough team so we have to play hard,” said Meneses. “We need this win for the twice-to-beat.”
UST, with a 7-5 card, tries to firm up its hold of the No. 4 spot as it collides with FEU at 3:30 p.m.
NU and FEU both tote 6-6 slates with another setback dropping them out of the semis race.
Tigresses mentor Odjie Mamon is optimistic of his team’s chances of advancing into the next round, especially now that Maika Ortiz, Judy Caballejo and Maru Banaticla are finally getting back into the groove.
“Our last two games in the eliminations are FEU and Ateneo so our immediate goal is to get back at them,” said Mamon.
The Lady Tamaraws are out to halt a two-game skid which came after a five-game winning streak.