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    UST Tigresses, UP Lady Maroons battle cellar-dwellers in UAAP women's volley

    Mar 17, 2019
    PHOTO: Jham Mariano

    UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas eyes its third straight victory, while University of the Philippines tries to end a two-match skid when the Tigresses and Lady Maroons take on cellar-dwellers on Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    UST looks to sustain the fine play after beating La Salle and National University as the Tigresses (4-2) take on the lowly University of the East Lady Red Warriors (1-5) at 2 p.m.

    “Always positive naman ako and lagi kong iniisip na nasa top kami,” UST’s Sisi Rondina said. “Pero kailangan pa silang kausapin na continue pa ‘yung ginagawa namin and avoid sa mga simpleng errors na pwede naming maconvert into magandang action. Wala namang problema, nandiyan si Eya.”

    UP, meanwhile, hopes to get back on track after losses to Ateneo and rookie-laden NU as the Lady Maroons take on the Adamson Lady Falcons (1-5) at 4 p.m.

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    The Lady Maroons have slipped to 3-3 coach Godfrey Okumu admitted that they are all frustrated for the past two games but there’s nowhere to go for his wards, led by Isa Molde and Tots Carlos, but up.

    “We just have to continue encouraging and go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong and correct and make things right,” Okumu said.

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    “It seems like we're still struggling. As I've said before, winning a championship isn't easy. Sometimes you need to lose in order for you to win. We're still gonna bounce back and we're going to fight back,” he added.

    The Lady Warriors bank on Judith Abil and Me-ann Mendrez as they try to stop the Tigresses.

    Lady Falcons coach Onyok Getigan is pinning hopes on Eli Soyud, Bern Flora, Joy Dacoron, Chiara Permentilla and libero Thang Ponce against the skidding Lady Maroons.

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