NATIONAL University eyes back-to-back wins and a place in the next phase as it takes early on early quarterfinalist PLDT on Tuesday in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Four teams have secured places in the six-team quarterfinals — Army (4-0), PLDT (4-1), Cagayan Valley (3-1) and Air Force (3-2) — and NU looks to take one of the two remaining berths.
The Lady Bulldogs, with Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo and Rizza Mandapat showing the way, ended a two-match skid with a straight-sets win over Philippine National Police on Sunday and evened their record to 2-2, joining Ateneo in fifth place.
The LouannLatigay-led Power Attackers, meanwhile, hope to bounce back after losing in three quick sets to Army.
Army, led by Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Ging Balse and Nene Bautista, looks to keep its record spotless as it goes up against winless Philippine National Police, spearheaded by Frances Molina, as leader meets tail-ender in the 4 p.m. match.
While the Lady Troopers try to tighten their grip on the top spot, the Lady Patrollers are hoping to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive.
The Lady Patrollers still have a slim chance of forcing a playoff for a quarterfinal berth if they win their last two matches and other teams in the lower half of the eight team standings lose their remaining assignments. A loss, however, would automatically eliminate them from the tournament.