Lady Bulldogs eye second straight win
Mark Escarlote on Mar 08, 2017 09:41 AM
National University hunts for its second straight win in rematch with Adamson.
National University head coach Roger Gorayeb hopes that the Lady Bulldogs could start a winning run Wednesday after snapping out of a three-game losing slump.
The Lady Bulldogs face the winless Adamson Lady Falcons at 2:00 p.m. to open their campaign in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament second round eliminations at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The game will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
“Psychologically, maganda-ganda (ang laban namin) but we have to be a different team on the second round. Masyadong critical na ‘yan. We cannot be lacking sa emotions namin,” said Gorayeb, whose team started out the season on a high note with three straight wins before dropping three games in a row.
NU was able to halt its skid in hard-fought, character-building victory over the slumping University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12, Sunday to close the first round.
The Lady Bulldogs are in a four-way tie at third to sixth spots with Far Eastern University, UP and University of Sto. Tomas with 4-3 win-loss record.
Gorayeb pins his hopes on Most Valuable Player contender Jaja Santiago, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato, setter Jasmine Nabor and Aiko Urdas to turn their campaign around and make a repeat of their 25-15, 25-22, 19, drubbing of the Lady Falcons last February 12.
“We have to fight with intensity aggressiveness, with conviction, ‘yan kailangan namin ‘yan,’ he said. “We should be a different team if we really want to go to the Finals.”
Adamson has yet to win a game this season after seven games.
The Lady Falcons are fresh from a 22-25, 25-20, 17-25, 18-25, defeat at the hands of University of the East last Sunday. It was Adamson’s 14th straight loss since last season.
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