La Salle spikers go for revenge vs Lady Maroons

DEFENDING champion La Salle seeks to avenge one of its two first round losses as it tangles with University of the Philippines when the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament shifts to Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Lady Maroons dealt the Lady Spikers their first defeat of the season, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, in a two-hour, 38-minute clash last March 2.

That turned out to be a test of character for La Salle, which also lost to University of Santo Tomas before finishing the first round with straight set conquests of University of the East and Far Eastern University for a second-best 5-2 record.

“Well sinasabi ko rin sa team na kailangan na matigas yung character kasi sa bawat team na na-encounter natin, makikita mo yung leader doon, medyo matigas yung character,” said Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus.

La Salle and UP take the floor at 4 p.m., right after the 2 p.m. tussle between FEU and Adamson.

After stunning the Lady Spikers, the Lady Maroons suddenly went into a slump that questioned their ability to live up to the lofty billing after winning two off-season championships.

UP mightily rebounded from successive defeats to Ateneo and National University with a 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21 tripping of Adamson last week.

The Lady Maroons are currently tied with the Lady Tamaraws in fourth place at 4-3.

Coach Godfrey Okumu promised that a different UP squad will show up in this stage of the season.

”What we’ll see is the best UP, and not the better UP,” said Okumu.

FEU capped its first round campaign with a 15-25, 19-25, 24-26 defeat to La Salle in a rematch of the Season 80 Finals last March 16.

With the close Final Four race, the Lady Tamaraws cannot afford any missteps that would spell doom their bid of making it to the next round.

Sitting in last place with a 1-6 card, there’s no way for the Lady Falcons but to improve and getting along under coach Onyok Getigan’s system.

In the men’s division, UST seeks to tie Adamson in fourth spot as it plays La Salle at 10 a.m., while UE hopes to reassert its mastery of winless UP at 8 a.m.