Galang, DLSU face NU in rematch of last year's semifinals

Mark Escarlote on Feb 09, 2016 10:48 PM
Galang, DLSU face NU in rematch of last  year's semifinals
De La Salle University hopes to maintain firm hold of the lead when it challengers National University in a rematch of Season 77 stepladder semifinals.

Streaking De La Salle University looks to add National University in its list of victims Wednesday in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Lady Spikers are tied with archrival three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles on top of the board with 2-0 win-loss record.

DLSU hopes to maintain its position when they meet the Lady Bulldogs in the main showdown at 4:00 p.m. in a rematch of Season 77 stepladder semifinals.

The clash will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.    

Head coach Ramil De Jesus showed his tactical genius in the Lady Spikers’ victories as he fielded different sets of starters to frustrate the game plan of his opponents. 

And expect De Jesus to make another surprise against NU.

“Tinitignan lang namin kung ano ang possible naming magawa sa NU game," the mentor said after last Saturday's 25-14, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20 victory over University of the Philippines.

Graduating veterans Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo and Mika Reyes are sharper than they were before while rookies like May Luna and Ernestine Tiamzon are earning their keep for DLSU.

It is Galang's first match with NU since going down with a left knee injury that ended her season last year in the do-or-die stepladder semis with the Lady Bulldogs for the right to face eventual champion Ateneo in the Finals. 

NU is in a four-way logjam with 1-1 slate tied with Adamson, Far Eastern University, and UP.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Falcons, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, last Saturday to bounce back after absorbing a three-set beating from Ateneo. 

Head coach Roger Gorayeb emphasized the need to match the energy of the Lady Spikers, who are inspired by the return of Galang 11 months after her injury.        

"Nandoon ang championship spirit nila at na-inspire sila sa pagbabalik ni Galang. ‘Yun ang nagda-drive sa kanila lalo," said Gorayeb.

Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, who had 20 points against Adamson, Myla Pablo, and Jorelle Singh will be leading the charge for NU.

 

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