Eya Laure and Bella Belen, two of the most important attracts in Season 85 of the UAAP ladies’s volleyball match, will go head-to-head as soon as once more with the stakes at their highest so far as out there rankings within the Last 4 go.
Laure and the College of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigresses and the pack of defending champion Nationwide College (NU) Girl Bulldogs that Belen leads battle it out at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for what could be the No. 2 seed and the final out there twice-to-beat privilege within the semifinals.
And each stars have deliberate—and absolutely spent—the times for the reason that weekend finding out the group on the other finish of the ground understanding the enormity of the match at FilOil Flying V Area in San Juan Metropolis.
“They’re nonetheless the defending champions, and that’s nonetheless the mentality that they’ve,” Laure mentioned in Filipino after the Tigresses accomplished the Last 4 solid with a win over Far Japanese College final Sunday as she seemed forward to this significant tiff. “We all know that they don’t need to lose and that they are going to put their greatest foot ahead [for this match].
“We shall be prepared for them,” the league’s main scorer mentioned. “That’s what we are going to do.”
With each squads locked in a second place tie at 9-3, the winner will get the within observe on No. 2 as they shut out their respective elimination spherical schedules towards ousted sides.
“We had been overeager [in the first round],” Belen mentioned in Filipino when she talked of the 25-23, 27-25, 17-25, 22-25, 15-11 loss to the Tigresses final March 4 that snapped NU’s 20-game profitable streak. “We must be composed and we have to return to the drafting board.
“We are going to give you a sport plan primarily based on how we see them of their final sport.”
As issues stand, idle La Salle shall be No. 1 with a 12-1 document, whereas Adamson is at No. 4 and would seemingly must beat the Girl Spikers two straight instances if the UST-NU loser wins its remaining sport.
Kungfu Reyes, the Santo Tomas coach, has labored on ensuring that his Tigresses stay hungry.
“Our purpose is a prime two spot,” Reyes mentioned. “We’re within the Last 4, however we’re aiming greater. We are going to play our sport and never play to the event, in any other case, we is perhaps overwhelmed by the scenario.”
Greater state of affairs
The larger state of affairs, assuming that Nationwide dispatches of Ateneo and Santo Tomas takes care of winless College of the Philippines to shut out classification, is that the loser of this match will once more tangle with the winner within the semifinals—and having the massive process of profitable two straight video games to advance.
“We must be composed and relaxed. These two remaining video games are crucial,’’ mentioned Belen.
Laure would be the greatest defensive downside for the Girl Bulldogs, because the heavy-handed Santo Tomas spiker has proven principally all season lengthy that she will be unstoppable when she is in her components.
She shall be coming off a 28-point efficiency towards the Girl Tamaraws in a four-set win, though Santo Tomas has a strong nucleus that features the towering Milena Alessandrini and Cassie Carballo.
Alyssa Solomon shall be there as Belen’s chief backup, with group captain Princess Robles and libero Jen Nierva additionally anticipated to play a vital half. INQ
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