MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) wants to pile on the troubles of rival University of Santo Tomas (UST) when they meet in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws are also looking to bounce back from a surprisingly quick three-set loss to Ateneo de Manila University the last time out, which dropped their record to 5-3.
The Golden Tigresses are in a far worse position. Since winning two of their first four games, UST has lost four in a row – the last of which was a shock four-set defeat to University of the East.
Their most recent loss forced UST coach Kungfu Reyes to admit that the Final 4 may be out of the question for the Golden Tigresses in Season 80.
"Wala na akong pakialam doon, kung papasok ba kami ng Final 4, kasi naging mas malalim ang dadaanan namin lalo, napakahirap," said Reyes, who has yet to draw any consistency from his players outside of Sisi Rondina.
Instead, Reyes said they will just try to create some chaos in the league standings, starting with Wednesday's assignment against their traditional rivals.
"Pipilitin pa rin namin at least sa remaining games namin, guluhin na lang namin ang standing. Baka sakali umakyat pa kami," he said.
FEU head coach George Pascua, for his part, is hoping that his players will put on a better showing after a disappointing performance against the Lady Eagles last March 7.
"Yan ang isang magiging test ng character, kung aayaw ba sila or mas magpupursige pa sila," he said of his players.
Game time is at 4 p.m.
In the first game at 2 p.m., defending women's volleyball champion De La Salle University looks to rise to the top of the league standings when it takes on University of the Philippines (UP).
La Salle has won back-to-back games in impressive fashion, as they trounced Ateneo to end the first round then displayed their championship poise in a tough, three-set win over National University on Saturday.
A win over the Lady Maroons will put La Salle at 7-2, half a game ahead of the idle Lady Bulldogs.
Meanwhile, UP (3-5) is hoping to build on its morale-boosting five-set conquest of Adamson University, also last Saturday.
A win over the Lady Spikers will also boost UP's flagging Final 4 hopes.
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