Lady Maroons try to arrest skid, face Jet Spikers
Mark Escarlote on Jul 11, 2017 05:30 PM
University of the Philippines will try to barge in the win column against the veteran-laden Philippine Air Force.
University of the Philippines hopes to end a two-game losing skid but will need to step up big time against the veteran Philippine Air Force side in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday.
Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air via livestream.
The Lady Maroons are winless in two starts tied with the other cellar-dwellers Adamson University and the Power Smashers.
UP suffered a 23-25, 21-25, 23-25, loss last Saturday against the experienced Reinforced Conference runner-ups BaliPure Water Defenders.
Looking to sharpen his young team for the UAAP wars next year, head coach Jerry Yee accepted their defeats as learning experience for his girls.
“Nitong second game nakita ko naman na hindi kami binugbog. Sumasabay kami, nagi-execute kami,” said Yee, whose squad failed to make a return trip to the UAAP Final Four last Season 79 after ending a 13-year semifinals drought a year before. “’Yung maturity ang kulang, errors ang pumatay sa amin pero OK na ako doon. Malaki na ang improvement namin compared sa last game namin noong UAAP.”
Diana Carlos, who is averaging 19.5 points per game, and Isa Molde, who nailed 22 markers the last time out, remain consistent early in the tournament but will need more help from their teammates to put UP in the win column.
The Jet Spikers are at solo fourth spot with a 1-1 slate.
Air Force is reeling from a 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 12-25, loss against Creamline last Sunday after a four-set victory over BanKo-Perlas.
Grizzled veterans Iari Yongco, who is averaging 16.5 points, Jocemer Tapic and May Ann Pantino will spearhead the Jet Spikers’ charge.
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