Lady Maroons bid to take one step closer to a semis seat
Mark Escarlote on Mar 29, 2016 06:54 PM
University of the Philippines is out to duplicate its mastery over National University in the second round in a crucial rematch Wednesday.
Two more wins and University of the Philippines will end a 13-year Final Four drought.
The Lady Maroons hope to get a foot inside the semifinals when they face a National University side desperate to salvage its campaign on Wednesday as the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament resumes action after the Holy Week break at The Arena in San Juan.
Toting a 7-4 win-loss record, UP are two steps away from entering its first Final Four appearance since Season 65.
But the 4:00 p.m. match won’t be a cakewalk just like their straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-14, against the hapless University of the East Lady Warriors 10 days ago.
“Ayoko ng mga predictions and thinking ahead of things. Mahirap pa rin siyempre kasi we have three games left and we have to win two out of three. If we win basta ‘yun pa rin naman two out of three,” said UP coach Jerry Yee.
The game that will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.
The aggressiveness of super rookies Isa Molde, Diana Carlos and Justine Dorog as well as the leadership of veterans Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola will be needed by the Lady Maroons to duplicate their first round rout of the Lady Bulldogs.
UP crushed NU, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, to end the first round last March 2, sending the Lady Bulldogs to a three-game losing streak.
That loss against a rookie-laden team gave NU a lingering effect in their morale as the Roger Gorayeb-mentored team struggled to recover lost ground in the second round.
The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a painful five-set, 25-27, 17-25, 25-22, 28-26, 10-15, loss to Far Eastern University to slide out of the top four in a tie with University of Sto. Tomas at 5-6 card in fifth to sixth spot.
Another loss will put NU in danger of missing a Final Four seat for the first time in four years.
A nightmare Myla Pablo, 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Jorelle Singh want to prevent.
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