WITH the top spot and twice-to-beat advantage in the semis secure, defending champion and eight-peat seeking Adamson University plays pressure free in its remaining elimination round assignments in the UAAP Women’s Softball Championship at the Rizal Memorial grounds.
The Lady Falcons, winners of the event since 2010, play the National University Lady Bulldogs at 11 a.m., looking to score their 10th win in 11 outings.
Coach Ana Santiago plans to use more reserves against NU and their final elimination-round match against La Salle.
“We need more personnel in the playoffs where games are expected to be tougher kaya kailangan ma-expose yung ibang player sa mabibigat na labang darating,” Santiago said.
“Nakita namn natin ang hirap manalo sa elimination round pa lamang. Lalakas pa ang mga kalaban sa semifinals at sa finals, hopefully, kung makararating kami doon. So, we really need to prepare for any eventuality,” she said.
A victory by the Lady Bulldogs (6-4) will bolster their chances of ending up second and claim the twice-to-beat-advantage.
University of Sto. Tomas, running second at 7-3, play University of the East at 1 p.m.
UE is the only team to beat Adamson so far this season, and look to score another big upset against the tigresses.
The Lady Warriors are fifth with a 5-5 card.
University of the Philippines (4-8) battles cellar dwelling Ateneo in the day’s opening tussle at 9 o’clock