UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta and College of Saint Benilde go all-out for a repeat of their semis opener feats against Far Eastern University and University of the East, respectively, today as the NCAA sides try to arrange a showdown for V-League Collegiate Challenge championship at the Paco Arena.
The Lady Altas stunbed the top-rabked Lady Tamaraws, 25-21, 28-26, 26-24, in Game 1 last Wednesday with the Las Piñas-based squad confident but wary of their Morayta counterparts’ threat in their 10 a.m. encounter.
“Gusto ko lang maging consistent pa sila sa loob ng game. Mabawasan pa yung errors. Ako kasi as a coach gusto kong mas maging perfect, pero if hindi naman pwedeng mangyari, bawasan na lang. Nakita ko naman ‘yun kanina,” said coach Sandy Rieta on what Perpetual must do to score another win and advance to the best-of-three finals.
Reigning NCAA MVP Mary Rhose Dapol is again expected to lead the Lady Altas together with Game 1 topscorer Shai Omipon and setter Jhasmine Sapin.
But expect FEU to storm back with playmaker Tin Ubaldo needing to be more aggressive in orchestrating plays which was lacking in their previous outing.
Prior to the series opening loss, the Lady Tamaraws went undefeated in seven matches.
On the other hand, the Lady Blazers, last season’s bronze medalists, shoot for a season sweep against the Lady Warriors in a 12 noon clash.
Clo Mondeñedo will again stand at the forefront of Benilde’s attack as the reigning NCAA champions aim to score a follow-up to their 25-22, 25-13, 25-12 win over UE last Wednesday.
Gayle Pascual and Jade Gentapa, the Lady Blazers’ 1-2 punch, are expected to elevate their game several notches higher, as the Lady Warriors’ newest offensive tandem of Casiey Dongallo and Khy Cepada are hoping to step up their performance.
The men’s action is also expected to stir up interest with University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo setting out against FEU and La Salle, respectively, with the same goal – notch another win and forge a title showdown in their side of the battle.
GBoy De Vega and the rest of the Golden Spikers will go for a back-to-back Finals stint as they take on Dryx Saavedra and the Tamaraws at 2 p.m.
Jian Salarzon and the Blue Eagles will look for a third straight win and a season sweep against JM Ronquillo and the Green Spikers at 4 p.m.