ATENEO returns to action one week after its stunning loss to Arellano and the Lady Eagles hope the break is enough to get them refocused as they battle skidding Southwestern University Cobras on Sunday in the V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
The UAAP champion Lady Eagles look to bounce back and redeem themselves after being criticized for relaxing and taking Arellano lightly. Even their coach Anursorn Bundit, on vacation during the match, said his wards were ‘unfocused.’
Now Alyssa Valdez and Co. are expected to prove they are not suffering from championship hangover and improve their 1-1 win-loss card.
That is bad news for Southwestern University, which opened with a win over St. Louis University but went on a three-game slide.
The match that starts at 2 p.m.
Limiting the Lady Eagles’ errors will be part of the gameplan for sure, after Arellano scored 41 points on Ateneo’s errors.
Michelle Morente and Amy Ahomiro are also expected to deliver solid numbers, along with freshman Kassarandra Gequillana, to take some of the load off main scorer Valdez.
The Lady Cobras, on the other hand, are also raring to score another win especially after bowing in straight sets to Adamson University in its last outing.
Janelle Cabahug came up with 17 markers, reinforcement Lutgarda Malauan had 13 and Dyan Darantinao scored 11, but other Lady Cobras need to chip in if they are to arrest the alarming skid.
Also coming off a long break is Far Eastern University and the Lady Tamaraws hope the lack of competitive match over 12 days will not badly affect their game as they face University of Santo Tomas.
The match of two teams that missed the UAAP semifinals is set at 4 p.m.
The Lady Tamaraws beat San Sebastian in four sets, but that has been almost two weeks.
Focus will again be on Bernadette Pons and Mary Palma, the Lady Tamaraws’ one-two punch on offense and defense, as they try to join idle National University (2-0) in the lead in Group B.
The Tigresses lost their opener to the Lady Bulldogs and will try to avoid getting into a 0-2 hole, and Pam Lastimosa, Carmela Tunay and Ria Meneses are again expected to lead.
Eyes will also be on UAAP juniors MVP Ennajie Laure, who debuted as a guest player with a 23-point explosion, but UST will need to get more players involved if they are to even their record.