THE race to the Final Four heats up as University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University collide on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Maroons and Lady Tamaraws clash at 4 p.m.
UP and FEU are tied for third place at 6-4 with University of Sto. Tomas, which also seeks to boost its Final Four bid as it battles lowly University of the East (2-8) at 2 p.m.
Isa Molde, who suffered a grade 1 left ankle sprain last week, is a game-time decision, while Marian Buitre has proven to be an able substitute, scoring 19 points in their five-set win over UE last Wednesday.
coach Godfrey Okumu is hoping the Lady Maroons can sweep its remaining four matches.
FEU, on the other hand, tries to recover from a three-set loss to Ateneo last Wednesday.
After the frustrating defeat, skipper Jerrili Malabanan and the Lady Tamaraws had a players-only meeting at the locker room.
Malabanan said that coach George Pascua wants them to work on their por floor defense, which allowed the Lady Eagles to easily take them down.