UAAP Season 82: UP, UE battle for first win

Mark Escarlote on Mar 06, 2020 07:35 PM
UAAP Season 82: UP, UE battle for first win
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One is enough.

University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu is putting up a better game plan this time as the Fighting Maroons try to bounce back from an opening day setback against University of the East on Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.

The Diliman-based squad’s character will be tested in its 10:30 a.m. encounter with the Lady Red Warriors. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.  

“I would just say that all the teams are good and we all have the same purpose. We are taking it a point at a time, a set at a time, and day by day,” said Okumu, who hopes to see a better showing from his wards following a 13-25, 17-25, 23-25, drubbing at the hands of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University last Wednesday. 

“We will study how they play but I wouldn't like to lose another game in this first round. One game should be enough for me,” he added.

Leading UP’s charge is Tots Carlos, who had 11 points in her first game as a graduating senior. But the do-it-all hitter needs to get significant support on offense from her teammates especially seniors Isa Molde, Jessma Ramos and Marist Layug to get on the winning track.

But the Fighting Maroons are sure to face tough resistance from UE.

The Lady Warriors also dropped their opening day assignment, losing to Far Eastern University, 9-25, 20-25, 17-25, last Tuesday.

Mean Mendrez, Ja Lana, Yeye Gabarda and rookie setter Jel Quizon will spearhead UE’s march while senior Seth Rodriguez is expected to work better this time after finishing with just one point the last time out.


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