UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas seeks at least a playoff for a semifinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference when it faces injury-plagued Ateneo at The Arena in San Juan.
The showdown between the two UAAP teams is set at 4 p.m.
The Tigresses are actually on top of Group A with a 1-0 record after carrying with them to the quarterfinals their huge victory over Davao Agilas in the elims.
The Lady Eagles are just a game behind them with an even 1-1 record, no thanks to a five-setter loss to Davao on Thursday, 25-22, 18-25, 27-25, 18-25, 17-19.
The reigning UAAP champions face a must-win against the Lady Tigresses to likewise improve their chances for a playoff shot at a semis berth.
Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Morente, and Amy Ahomiro will have to double their for the Lady Eagles, who will be playing without Ella de Jesus, Marge Tejada, and Denden Lazaro.
De Jesus has a stress fracture, Tejada is nursing a knee problem, while Lazaro has a sprained ankle.
Meanwhile, Far Eastern University and College of St. Benilde collide at 2p.m.
The Lady Tams and the Lady Blazers are tied at the bottom of Group 2 with similar 0-1 slates after carrying with them their elimination round losses to defending champion National University and Arellano, respectively.