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    Twice-to-beat Adamson, UST eye quick wins as UAAP softball semifinals get under way

    Mar 7, 2018
    Lyca Basa and the Lady Falcons look to finish off the Lady Bulldogs in one match. Denice Vitorio

    ADAMSON and University of Sto. Tomas look to dispose of their semis rivals early and arrange a title rematch in the UAAP Women’s Softball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    The top-seeded Lady Falcons battle the National University Lady Bulldogs on Thursday at 9 a.m., while the Tigresses, also with a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 2 seeds, with the University of the east Lady Warriors at 11 o’clock

    Adamson is a heavy favorite, even though NU earned a split of their elimination-round games.

    The Lady Falcons Adamson beat the Lady Bulldogs, 2-1, in the first round. NU scored a 6-9 win in the second round over an Adamson squad that fielded mainly its second unit.

    UST also prevailed in the first-round against UE, 2-1, before dropping a 1-5 loss after the Tigresses had secured a semis spot.

    Coaches Ana Santiago of the Lady Falcons and Sandy Barredo of the Tigresses downplayed the chances of heir respective teams saying the semis are totally different games and that everybody is capable of beating anybody.

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    Mentors Edgar delos Reyes of the Lay Bulldogs and Edzel Bacarisas of the Lady Warriors simply said they will be trying their best to reverse the expected outcome admitting that their opponents are likely to contest anew the championship as what happened the past two years.

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    Lyca Basa, coach Santiago’s trusted pitcher, is expected to start for the Lady Falcons unless the coach opts to put up a surprise. The same goes for UST, which owns the league’s and the country’s no. 1 hurler in Mary Ann Antolihao.

    The Lady Bulldogs look to no one but their top mound girl Mia Macapagal. And so with the Lady Warriors, who, most-likely, will rely on the shoulder of portly Lovely Redaja to lean on.

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    Lyca Basa and the Lady Falcons look to finish off the Lady Bulldogs in one match. Denice Vitorio
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