DEFENDING champion La Salle and runner-up Far Eastern University clash on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Spikers and Lady Tamaraws have 4-2 records and share second spot with idle University of Santo Tomas.
The match is set at 4 p.m. after the 2 p.m. showdown between league leader Ateneo and National University.
La Salle looks to score back-to-back wins after ending a two-match skid with a victory over lowly University of the East.
“Sa ngayon, good thing na nanalo na kami siguro balik yung kumpiyansa,” La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus told Spin.ph. “Mahirap yung nanggaling ka sa talo sabay yung pagpasok mo sa loob ng court hindi mo alam yung gagawin mo kulang yung kumpiyansa.”
Halfway through the eliminations, De Jesus admitted the team is still adjusting, but is confident Desiree Cheng, Michelle Cobb and Aduke Ogunsanya can get the team on track.
“Kinikilala pa nila yung team. Sa ngayon, mas nakikita nila kung ano yung dapat maging role nila sa isa’t isa,” the 11-time UAAP champion coach said. “Siyempre inaadvice ko yun sa mga seniors na kailangan hindi pwedeng rookies yung mas may gusto, dapat sila yung mas gustong manalo.”
The Lady Tamaraws, meanwhile, are eager to prove they can match up with the Lady Spikers especially after getting dominated in the title series last season.
“Motivated kami kasi nga last year di ba, andoon na kami. Ilang games lang, maabot na namin yung goal namin,” said FEU star Celine Domingo. “I think sa darating na game namin ngayon sa La Salle, we'll be more motivated, and mas gugustuhin naming manalo since yun nga, na-straight two games nila kami last season.”
Lady Tams rookie Lycha Ebon vowed to do everything she can to help seniors Domingo, Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o, Kyle Negrito and Buding Duremdes avoid another defeat at the hands of the Lasy Spikers.
“Mas itatatak ko po sa isipan ko na tulungan sila ate para bumawi kasi nga last year natalo sila. Ngayon, mas gugustuhin po namin manalo, at tutulungan ko po sila,” Ebon said.