Ateneo, UST try to extend win runs as they batte separate opponents in UAAP women's volleyball
Cherry Rondina and the UST Tigresses try to move closer to a place in the top half of the standings. Dante Peralta

ATENEO stakes its unblemished slate, while University of Santo Tomas looks to extend its win run to three as the Eagles and Tigresses face separate rivals on Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Eagles eye their ninth win in as many matches as they battle the skidding Adamson Lady Falcons at 4 p.m.

Ateneo is coming off a quick straight-sets win against National University and will enter the match as the heavy favorite over an Adamson side out to snap a three-match losing run.

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But Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses is confident the Lady Falcons can pull off a big win, even against league heavyweight and crowd favorite Ateneo.

“Ako hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa every game lang paghahandaan namin,” he said.

“Actually kahit na UE (na winless) kaya kaming talunin eh pero yung Ateneo or La Salle kaya rin naming talunin. Reverse lang, kami kaya kaming talunin ng kahit sino, kami kaya rin namin talunin ang kahit na sino.”

Meanwhile, UST looks to continue its streak as it battles an NU side raring to bounce back after that straight-sets drubbing at the hands of Ateneo.

The Tigresses have won back-to-back matches after losing five straight, scoring four-set wins over Far Eastern University and Adamson University.

[See UST Tigresses overcome Adamson Lady Falcons to post first back-to-back wins of season]

The match starts at 2 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs won their first-round match against the Tigresses, who are now aching to get back at their tormentors.

“Hopefully kaya pray lang kami na mabawian namin ’yung mga nakatalo sa amin,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon, pleased to see his senior players rediscover their roles in the team and break the slump.

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“They (seniors) realized by themselves na ’yung role nila and paano nila ifu-fullfill ’yung roles nila,” said the lanky mentor.

“Not everyone kasi is a scorer sa team ’di ba? Meron ’yan hindi ka makaka-score so gawa ka ng paaran, mag-excel ka sa ibang skills na realize nila on their own kami (coaches) na lang mino-motivate namin na maisip nga nila kung bakit,” he added.

UST rookie EJ Laure had her best game of the season so far with 19 points against Adamson, while skipper Pam Lastimosa had 16, sophomore Ria Menesed made 14 and Mela Tunay added 12.

Idle La Salle is in second place with an 8-1 record, while NU is in third with an even 4-4 mark, followed by UP and FEU at 4-5. UST is tied with Adamson at 3-5.

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