FOILED the last time out, Ateneo seeks to sew up one of the two twice-to-beat slots in the Final Four as it tangles with also-ran Adamson today in the resumption of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Not only a victory in the 4 p.m. match will assure the Lady Eagles of the semifinal bonus but it will also move them closer to clinching the No. 1 ranking at the end of the eliminations.
La Salle, locked in a close fight with University of Santo Tomas in the race for the other Final Four incentive, plays already-eliminated University of the East at 2 p.m.
With a 9-3 card, the Lady Spikers are up by half-a-game over the third-running Tigresses (9-4) in the chase for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
La Salle ended Ateneo’s juggernaut before the Lenten break with a masterful 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 victory to make it to the Final Four for the 11th straight year.
Despite the loss, only the second in 12 matches, the Lady Eagles still hold the league’s best record but the Katipunan-based squad is just ahead by a full game over the Lady Spikers.
Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro wants his team to stay calm and focus at the task at hand of achieving the ultimate goal.
“Well, hindi kami nagulat pero talagang it’s one of those days na, we really accept na we’re off and hindi nakakilos. So, darating talaga iyon. It’s the law of averages. Sakto, La Salle (kalaban namin),” said Almadro.
“Pero what’s important is we’re looking at the last game of the season, sana umabot kami doon. Yun ang pinaka-importante, and we just have to go back to work more for our true character,” he added.
In the men’s division, Far Eastern University shoots for the remaining Final Four incentive against also-ran La Salle at 10 a.m., while titleholder National University and last-placed University of the Philippines take the floor at 8 a.m.