WILL momentum favor Far Eastern University? Or will the long rest be beneficial to National University?
The two schools clash on Saturday in a knockout game at the start of the UAAP women’s volleyball stepladder playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the right to meet No. 2 seed De La Salle.
The winner-take-all match is set at 4 p.m.
The Lady Tamaraws made it this far after eliminating University of Santo Tomas Wednesday in a do-or-die match for the last berth in the semifinals, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 16-25, 15-6.
Counting the victory over the Tigresses, the Lady Tamaraws had already survived a total of three do-or-die matches, a streak they hope to sustain against the well-rested third seeds from NU.
FEU coach Shaq delos Santos said he has complete faith that the Lady Tams will be able to hurdle yet another big test in their ambitious bid to challenge defending champion Ateneo for the crown.
“Syempre paghahandaan namin ang NU. And of course, hindi kami nawawalan ng tiwala sa players,” he said.
NU counterpart Roger Gorayeb, meanwhile, said the Lady Bulldogs are adopting the mentality of treating every game as if it’s a title match.
He also reminded his players to change old habits that aren’t good for the team.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga bata every game championship,” said the man responsible for Ateneo’s back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
“’Yung mga old habits na mahirap na baguhin (dapat baguhin), may mga nakasanayan kasi sila na hindi maganda na lumalabas sa game, pero in due time matututo din ang mga bata.”
The winner of the match will face the Lady Spikers on March 4 also at the Big Dome, with La Salle holding a twice-to-beat advantage.