Lady Bulldogs out to claim crown, Lady Tams fight to extend series
National University shoots to complete a Finals series sweep against a Far Eastern University side looking to force a best-of-three series decider.
National University sets its eyes on completing a tournament sweep of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The undefeated Lady Bulldogs look to finish off Far Eastern University in Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals series slated at 6:30 p.m. The duel will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
Taking advantage of their firepower and the Lady Tamaraws missing the services of its main hitter Bernadeth Pons and starting libero Kyla Atienza, NU submitted FEU, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, Wednesday in the series opener to move a win away from the title while extending its winning streak to eight.
Leading Most Valuable Player contender Jaja Santiago dropped 23 points in an all-around offensive explosion while Risa Sato and Audrey Paran added 12 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Bulldogs in Game 1.
“We will try our best to win (the series) sa next game, hopefully, very convincingly,” said NU coach Babes Castillo, who is looking to add the crown to the Lady Bulldogs’ back-to-back Collegiate Conference collections in the defunct V-League.
“‘Yung (kailangang naming gawin) ay mababa namin ang error and mataas namin ‘yung aming tactics,” added Castillo, who will also bank on Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh and top setter Jasmine Nabor. “We want ito to be more intelligent and we want it to be kumbaga more organized pagdating sa paglalaro.”
But the Lady Tams are looking to write a different script.
FEU dropped its second straight match against NU after bowing down to the Lady Bulldogs in the elimination round but is looking to bounce back this time to force a series decider Monday.
“Sabi ko OK lang na nangyari ito (talo) sa Game 1,” said Lady Tams coach George Pascua. “Pero ‘wag lang Game 2 and Game 3 kasi ‘yun ang importante.”
The Morayta-based squad will again miss the services of Pons and Atienza, who are set to play in the Finals of the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball Saturday afternoon.
Pascua will lean on Czarina Carandang, Toni Rose Basas, Jeanette Villareal, Celine Domingo and Jerrili Malabanan to carry the fight for FEU.
The mentor also hopes to see his wards limit their errors after giving away 27 points to NU in Game 1 and play with desire to win.
“Kailangan pang dagdagan ‘yung killer instinct and desire na manalo kasi sa skill pare-parehas na lang naman,” said Pascua.
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