DEFENDING champion La Salle tries to extend its perfect run to three matches against a dangerous National University side, while winless squads Adamson and University of the East seek to score a breakthrough today in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
The only undefeated team in the season at 2-0, the Lady Spikers are not taking the 10-woman Lady Bulldogs lightly in the 2 p.m. contest at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Falcons and the Lady Warriors meet at 4 p.m. and both are expected to play with sense of urgency after opening their respective campaigns at 0-2.
Looking good on its four-peat bid, La Salle toppled long-time nemesis Ateneo, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, and swept Adamson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20.
This early, the Lady Spikers’ prized find Jolina dela Cruz is already included in the Rookie of the Year conversation, Desiree Cheng, Aduke Ogunsanya and setter Michelle Cobb are playing consistent, while May Luna, Norielle Ipac and libero CJ Saga are relishing their new roles as starters.
Ranged against an NU squad brimming with confidence after last Saturday’s 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 conquest over UE, La Salle mentor Ramil de Jesus emphasized the need for his troops to not lower their guard.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to move on without injured rookie playmaker Joyme Cagande, as emergency setter Joni Chavez was able to distribute the ball well to Ivy Lacsina, Audrey Paran and Roselyn Doria against the Lady Warriors.
“Actually, noong first game nila (against FEU), maganda ang ipinapakita nila, na-disgrasya lang yung setter. Maganda ang communication nila sa loob ng court and ini-eexpect ko na maggi-give up sila today (last Saturday) pero they never gave up,” said De Jesus.
“Kailangan sa Wednesday, paghandaan namin. Huwag magpa-kumpiyansa nang husto kasi hindi madaling kalaban ang NU,” he added.