University of Santo Tomas eyes a finals sweep but Ateneo looks to make the adjustments and force a third match in the Shakey’s V-League on Tuesday (Manila time) at The Arena in San Juan.
The Tigresses won the title series opener but weren’t in full control of the match, needing to come back from a first-set loss and winning the next three by an average margin of just three points.
UST coach Odjie Mamon stresses the need to be aggressive to pull off a more convincing win.
“We need to be consistent in all skills,” said Mamon after steering the Tigresses to a thrilling come-from-behind 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 win on Sunday. “Despite our height advantage, they beat us in blocking. This is one area that we have to work on.”
Judy Caballejo and Maruja Banaticla will again lead the regulars in backing UST’s Thai import Utaiwan Kaensing, the best attacker awardee of the conference.
While UST has the best attacker, Ateneo has the tournament’s best blocker in Lithawat Kesinee and other top players in Alyssa Valdez, Fille Cainglet and Dzi Gervacio.
The match is set at 4 p.m.
UST is hoping to bag its seventh title in the league, while Ateneo is gunning for its third crown.
In the battle for third, San Sebastian tries to finish off Perpetual Help after winning the series opener 25-14, 25-23, 16-25, 32-34, 15-9.