Tigresses try to end elims run in style

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas is hoping for the best in the final weekend of the UAAP women’s volleyball eliminations.

The Tigresses  wrap up their elimination round campaign today against also-ran National University with a victory and hope that the result of the La Salle-Far Eastern University match the following day will favor them.

Regardless whether it will have the incentive or not, UST is ready for war in its return to the Final Four after a one-year absence.

A win in the 2 p.m. duel with the Lady Bulldogs coupled by a Lady Spikers loss to the Lady Tamaraws tomorrow will allow the Tigresses to force a playoff against the defending three-time champions for the remaining twice-to-beat slot in the semifinals.

With a 9-4 record, UST is trailing La Salle (10-3) by a full game in the race for the coveted No. 2 spot in the playoffs.

Ateneo, with a league-best 11-2, has locked up the first twice-to-beat berth in the Final Four, with already-eliminated University of the East as its final elimination round opponent tomorrow.

NU, with its young roster was able to collect four wins, hopes to end its campaign by pulling off another surprise just like what it did in eliminating University of the Philippines in the Final Four race two weeks.

The Lady Maroons’ loss to the Lady Bulldogs last April 14 will definitely give the Tigresses a sense of urgency in keeping their twice-to-beat hopes alive.

UP and Adamson clash in a no-bearing match at 4 p.m.

Champions in two off-season tournaments which it failed to translate into a Final Four stint, the Lady Maroons (6-7) simply wanted to end their campaign on a high note and give their graduating players Ayel Estrañero and Marian Buitre a winning send-off to their collegiate careers.

The Lady Falcons, for their part, hope to avert a second 1-13 season in the last three years.

In a pair of meaningless men’s games, UST and University of the East take the floor at 10 a.m., right after the La Salle-UP tussle at 8 a.m.