MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle shoots for its ninth straight victory against Adamson University as the UAAP Season 76 women's volleyball tournament shifts to the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.
Abi Maraño, who will receive her Miss Volleyball award on Saturday's Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards, will be at the forefront of the Lady Spikers, who have not yet dropped a set this season.
A win by the reigning three-time champions in the 4 p.m. match will assure them of a playoff for a semifinals berth.
Far Eastern University, needing a big bounce-back victory after a disappointing three-set loss to second-running National University last Sunday, clashes winless University of the East at 2 p.m.
The Lady Tamaraws are locked in a tight battle with the Lady Falcons in the fourth spot, as both teams are toting identical 4-4 slates.
In softball also on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Adamson University eyes its ninth straight win—and 43rd consecutive in three seasons—against Ateneo (2-7) at 12 noon. In the other softball games, NU (5-3) tries to make it two in a row against University of the Philippines (3-6) at 8 a.m., while UST (6-2) battles De La Salle (2-7) 10 a,m.
De La Salle is fresh from successive straight set wins over Ateneo to remain perfect this season, while Adamson hammered out a 25-15, 25-9, 25-19 win over University of the Philippines last Sunday.
Keeping their desire to win is what Lady Spikers coach Ramil de Jesus is looking for his troops especially with the way they dominate the field.
"Panibagong laban na naman ito. Nagpi-peaking na ang Adamson," said de Jesus, who is two wins shy to achieving his 200th UAAP coaching victory.
Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and rookie Desiree Cheng will also be La Salle's vital cogs.
The Lady Falcons hope that their patented floor defense would hold on and give the Lady Spikers a tough fight.
"Lagi ko sinasabi sa kanila na kailangang 100 percent ang ibigay mo at susunod na ang panalo. Siyempre, UAAP ito, bawal ang takot," said Adamson mentor Sherwin Meneses.
Sheila Pineda and Amanda Villanueva will provide stability for the Lady Falcons, who are looking forward for another steady outing from their middle hitters Mylene Paat and Faye Guevara.