DEFENDING champion La Salle eyes a share of the lead as it tangles with unpredictable Adamson in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Despite the graduation of key players Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili, the Lady Spikers remain a force to reckon with, thriving on tried and tested system that coach Ramil de Jesus implemented and which has resulted to 11 championships in a span of two decades.
With Desiree Cheng providing leadership, May Luna relishing her new role as a starter and rookie Jolina dela Cruz proving her worth, La Salle opened its four-peat bid with a 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19 win over fierce rival Ateneo last Sunday.
Eyeing a second straight win, the Lady Spikers are bracing for the Lady Falcons’ vaunted floor defense in the featured 4 p.m. match-up.
“We just hope to continue to do well in our next game and working on some of our flaws. We have not seen much of Adamson but we have to be ready,” said De Jesus.
The Lady Falcons pushed University of Santo Tomas to the limit before dropping a 21-25, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24, 6-15 decision last Sunday.
University of the East and National University also eye to break into the win column at 2 p.m.
The Lady Warriors gave fancied University of the Philippines some anxious moments before suffering a season-opening 12-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 12-15 defeat last Saturday.
Toughened by its participation in a major off-season league, UE is no pushover anymore and that it could give other teams a lot to worry about with its vastly-improved game on both ends of the floor.
The youthful Lady Bulldogs, also on Saturday, bowed to Far Eastern University, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 12-25, in a game where rookie setter Joyme Cagande sustained a knee injury late in the third set.
Without Cagande, who took over the playmaking chores from Jasmine Nabor during the off-season, NU will settle for Kly Orillaneda as its playmaker.
In the men’s division, titleholder NU tries to rebound from its opening day loss to Far Eastern University as it tangles with UE at 8 a.m., while Adamson also seeks a piece of first place as it clashes with La Salle at 10 a.m.