Tigresses eye repeat, Lady Eagles try to bounce back in  V-League do-or-die match
EJ Laure and the Tigresses hope to reprise their fine performance in the second match of the semifinals. Czeasar Dancel

UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas looks to score back-to-back wins as the Tigresses go for a spot in the finals, but know they need play even better than their impressive outing against erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo in the Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Tigresses recovered from a set down to deal the Lady Eagles their first loss of the season, but need to take control of the match early this time and prevent Ateneo from regaining its rhythm.

[See UST Tigresses end Ateneo Lady Eagles' bid for V-League sweep, force deciding match for finals berth]

“I always tell them that as long as they believe in themselves, they will always have a chance even against top teams like Ateneo,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.

“If we could only play as tough as we did on Wednesday, we have a chance to beat them (Lady Eagles),” said Reyes.

The winner of the UST-Ateneo showdown will advance to the title series against National University, which swept last year’s champion Far Eastern University.

[See Lady Bulldogs end title reign of Tamaraws to clinch berth in Shakeys V-League finals]

The match is set at 4 p.m.

EJ Laure, Carmela Tunay, Marivic Meneses, skipper Pam Lastimosa and Jessey de Leon delivered huge hits and made things tougher for Ateneo and league’s scoring leader Alyssa Valdez with their solid triple blocking and superb court coverage.

Ateneo coach Tai Bundit is expected to come up with key adjustments although emphasis will still be on Valdez, who still finished with 24 hits, while also expected to deliver anew are Bea de Leon and Kim Gequillana, who combined for 23 points.

Ateneo won the series opener in straight  sets.

[See Bea de Leon shines as unbeaten Ateneo Lady Eagles move closer to finals with win over UST Tigresses]

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