Lady Eagles want revenge, Lady Bulldogs seek repeat
Mark Escarlote on Mar 22, 2017 08:35 AM
Jaja Santiago of National University and Bea De Leon of Ateneo de Manila try to guide their respective squads into victory.
Ateneo de Manila University wants payback. National University seeks a repeat.
The streaking Lady Eagles face their first round tormentors Wednesday in a marquee elimination round rematch in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Already assured of a Final Four seat, the Katipunan-based squad tries to inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage and to its ninth straight victory.
The Lady Eagles are on a roll with an eight-game winning streak to highlight their league-leading 9-1 win-loss record.
Ateneo is expected to receive a tough challenge against the only team that handed them a loss when they troop to the court in the scheduled 4:00 p.m. duel.
The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
With setter Jia Morado steering the fluid offensive flow and the maturity and composure of veteran hitters Bea De Leon, Jho Maraguinot and Michelle Morente, the Lady Eagles edged Far Eastern University, 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8, last Saturday to clinch their eighth straight semifinals appearance.
Ateneo hopes to ride the crest of its winning streak to avenge a 17-25, 13-25, 25-19, 27-29, loss to the Lady Bulldogs last February 8.
But NU will be tough to beat as it tries to solidify its bid to book a ride to the Final Four.
"Bakbakan na iyan, hindi na sila aalis sa 1-2 (Ateneo and La Salle). Accept the truth, accept the fact na mahihirapan na kami na pumasok sa No. 2," said Lady Bulldogs mentor Roger Gorayeb. "Magpursige kami sa No. 3 or 4. Extra effort na lang kami."
NU is in a two-way logjam with University of Sto. Tomas sporting a 6-4 slate at third to fourth spots.
The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21 in over University of the East last Sunday.
Jaja Santiago, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and setter Jasmine Nabor need to bring the same game they had when they took down the Lady Eagles in the first round.
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