DEFENDING champion La Salle and University of Santo Tomas clash for the solo second place on Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
In a three-way tie with the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws at 6-3, the Lady Spikers and Tigresses look to move closer to league-leading Ateneo (8-1).
La Salle and UST clash at 4 p.m. after the match between National University (2-7) and Adamson (1-8) at 2 p.m.
The Lady Spikers are eager to get back at the Tigresses, who won their first-round match in three sets.
“Last time na nagharap kami, hindi maganda ang naging result, parang game namin ng UP, straight set,” said La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus.
“Nakita natin maganda ang nagiging performance ng UST. Kami naman, maganda ang nangyari last game at nabalik ang confidence sa team,”he said. “Pilitin naming manalo kasi kailangang-kailangan namin sa standing yun eh. Kailangan namin maka-ahon doon sa tie.”
Des Cheng, who struggled earlier this season with a shoulder injury, is regaining her form and scored a season-high 17 points in a three-set win over National University.
UST head coach Kungfu Reyes is bracing for a tough battle this time.
“Big game against La Salle, inaabangan ulit kasi any moment babalik sila at kami nakahanda,” Reyes said. “Lahat naman ng coaches coming from a loss, di iyon bumibigay agad, kami ang pinakahuling bibigay sa mga ganyan, so knowing La Salle, babalik ng babalik ang mga iyan. Walang imposible sa lahat.”
Reyes will be banking on Eya Laure and Sisi Rondina as they take on the Lady Spikers who also have Michelle Cobb, Lourdes Clemente and Tin Tiamzon.
“Hindi kami mag-uunderstimate ng teams especially those na may heart of a champion, so malaking bagay at tinitignan namin na natututo pa rin kami sa mga laban na nangyayari,” the UST coach said.