UST eyes first V-League semis berth as Tigresses take on Laoag Power Smashers
Focus will be on EJ Laure, the tournament's second-highest scorer, as the Tigers go for a spot in the semifinals. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas looks to make it to the semifinals first, while Laoag seeks to stay in the race to the round of four as the Tigresses and Power Smashers collide on Wednesday in the Shakey's V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The Tigresses are raring to bounce back from a straight-sets loss to Bureau of Customs that snapped their winning run at four.

The Power Smashers are also out to rebound from a straight-sets loss to the UP Lady Maroons.

"We have to play with more aggressiveness and intensity if we want to stay on top and be with the best in the league," said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.

Laoag mentor Nes Pamilar voiced the same sentiment.

"The key is playing with a lot of intensity from start to finish because we lost our last game because we struggled a bit at the start of the game," said Pamilar.

Focus will again be on EJ Laure, the league's second leading scorer next only to Customs’ Alyssa Valdez, with support to come from Claudia Cortez, Ria Meneses, Carla Sandoval and skipper Pam Lastimosa.

The Tigresses are also expecting a better performance from Cherry Rondina, who struggled in her first indoor match after UST claimed the UAAP beach volleyball crown.

Laoag, on the other hand, will bank on the power-hitting duo of Grethcel Soltones, the back-to-back NCAA MVP and this year's Open Conference MVP from San Sebastian, and Jorelle Singh, a member of the National U side that topped this year's Collegiate Conference.

The match is set at 6 p.m. to be shown live over ABS-CBN Sports + Action and

Air Force (1-3) and Coast Guard (0-4) collide at 4 p.m. in a match to be shown on television on a delayed basis by the event backed by Mikasa and Accel.



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