TITLEHOLDER Ateneo is favored to extend its unbeaten run to six matches as it battles lowly University of the East on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Lady Eagles hope for a safe easy win in the 4 p.m. clash with Lady Warriors as they prepare for the highly-anticipated showdown with top rival La Salle on Saturday.
The only unbeaten team in the lot with five straight victories, Ateneo has actually won 23 consecutive matches dating back to March 2014, when the Lady Eagles overcame La Salle’s thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals.
“It’s a really big game for us against La Salle. Pero, we have a game first against UE. Let’s see,” said Valdez.
Far Eastern University seeks to break a tie with National University in joint third as it takes on a skidding Adamson University side in the 2 p.m. match.
At 3-2, the Lady Tamaraws hope to stay within striking distance of the pacesetters, and coach Shaq de los Santos is satisfied with the development of his team so far, especially on the defensive end.
FEU survived a five-set match with University of the Philippines on Sunday.
“Ito yung mga kailangan namin kasi ito yung mga kulang ng team namin. Good thing yang ma-experience namin ang mga ganitong game,” said De los Santos.
The Lady Falcons are coming off a three-set loss to the Lady Eagles that extended their losing streak to four.
In the men’s division, titleholder Ateneo (4-1) plays UE at 8 a.m., while Adamson University (4-1) battles UP (3-2) at 10 a.m.