June 23, 2018, 10:35 am
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La Salle eyes solo lead at expense of UP

DEFENDING champion De La Salle goes for the solo lead when it battles University of the Philippines today in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus expects a different UP team to show up than the one the Lady Spikers swept in the first round in the match set at 2 p.m.

“Mataas ang morale nila (UP) because they beat Adamson. Siguro, nakaka-adjust na sila sa sistema ni (coach Godfrey) Okumu. Let’s see kung ibang UP ang maglalaro ngayon or ‘yung katulad sa first round. Kung gaano sila ka-confident ngayon,” said De Jesus.

De La Salle will go into the match armed with a 27-25, 27-25, 25-16 victory over National University last Saturday that left the two teams tie for the lead at 6-2.

Far Eastern University, locked in a tie with idle Ateneo in third place at 5-3 and a game behind the joint leaders in the race for the twice-to-beat Final Four bonus, collides with skidding University of Santo Tomas in the day’s other game at 4 o’clock.

Learning the lessons of their 21-25, 22-25, 24-26 loss to the Lady Spikers in their first meeting, Okumu knows the Lady Maroons need to exert extra effort in terms of closing out sets.

“They (De La Salle) are a good team, we just couldn’t finish the game. Now I think we’re getting our footing. We are just hoping for good result,” said Okumu.

The Tigresses have lost five straight after a 2-1 start and are three games behind the Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Eagles in the chase for the last Final Four berth.

Hoping to erase the stigma of last week’s 23-25, 25-18, 26-28, 24-26 defeat to University of the East, UST needs to rediscover its pride and play with a lot of urgency if it wants to advance to the next round.
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