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    Lady Bulldogs eye sixth straight win as they battle struggling Tigresses

    Jan 21, 2014
    National University coach Edjet Mabbayad has warned the Lady Bulldogs not to take the struggling Tigresses lightly. Jerome Ascano

    NATIONAL University looks to stretch its winning run to six, while University of Santo Tomas faces a tall task of getting a win run going when the Lady Bulldogs and Tigresses clash on Wednesday in the 76th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Lady Bulldogs, who are firmly in second spot with a 7-1 win-loss card, will clash against the Tigresses, who just snapped a four-game slide, at 4 p.m.

    NU coach Edjet Mabbayad warned his team to not be overconfident, especially after UST gained some boost in morale by ending the long losing streak.

    The 26-year old mentor also noted that they should give twice the effort that their opponent would come up with.

    "Kami, hindi kami pwedeng magpabaya," said Mabbayad.

    "Gagawin nila ang lahat (para manalo) kaya kami dodoblehin namin ang kaya nilang gawin. Hindi kami pwedeng makampante laban sa kanila."

    UST coach Odjie Mamon, on the other hand, has been working since last week on ways to overcome the taller and stronger Lady Bulldogs.

    The Tigresses are dangerously close to missing the semifinals for the second straight year, as they sit in sixth spot with a 3-4 record.

    "Prepared kami against NU, actually last week pa kami nagpe-prepare para sa kanila," said Mamon. "It's a taller task for us, taller na hindi lang basta tall."

    Meanwhile, Ateneo will try to bounce back from a three-set loss to La Salle when they face University of the Philippines at 2 p.m.

    The Lady Eagles will play for the fifth straight game without Thai head coach Anusorn Bundit, who is still out of the country to concentrate on his duties with the Thailand women's training pool.

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    The Katipunan-based spikers are running third, although at 5-3 the Lady Eagles are far behind the two two teams La Salle (8-0) and National U.

    UP is running seventh with just one victory in nine outings.

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    National University coach Edjet Mabbayad has warned the Lady Bulldogs not to take the struggling Tigresses lightly. Jerome Ascano
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