Skidding UP, NU search to get back winning ways
Mark Escarlote on Mar 05, 2017 07:46 AM
National University and University of the Philippines clash to end their respective losing slumps.
After their promising starts, University of the Philippines and National University are now looking for a way to stop their bleeding.
The skidding Lady Maroons and Lady Bulldogs square off Sunday to end the first round of the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament eliminations at the MOA Arena.
Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live over S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
UP made its presence felt early as talks of the Diliman-based squad being a legitimate title contender echoes after winning four straight victories including a sweet sweep of the reigning champion De La Salle University.
But the ‘UP Ikot’ slammed to a brick wall the past week with the Lady Maroons losing two in a row.
After a straight sets whipping against their Katipunan neighbor Ateneo de Manila last week, UP suffered a 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 20-25, defeat at the hands of Far Eastern University that saw the Lady Maroons lose veteran Nicole Tiamzon to a right ankle sprain late in the second set.
The graduating hitter is expected to suit up for the match to help Kathy Bersola, Isa Molde, Diana Carlos and Marian Buitre find the Lady Maroons’ winning way to improve their 4-2 win-loss record.
NU like UP went southward after a great start.
Head coach Roger Gorayeb need to bring back the teeth of the Lady Bulldogs after dropping their last three assignments including a 25-21, 14-25, 14-25, 12-25, loss to University of Sto. Tomas last Wednesday.
Jaja Santiago during the team’s slump was the only consistent scorer for NU. Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato and Jasmin Nabor all need to get their acts together to avoid falling behind further in the race for a Final Four spot as the season reach its midway mark.
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