NATIONAL University seeks to complete a perfect PVL Collegiate Conference campaign against Far Eastern University today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
With Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza’s status in Game 2 still uncertain, the Lady Bulldogs enjoy great chances of completing a 9-0 sweep in the match scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
No school team in the 14-year old league has gone undefeated in the Collegiate Conference, and NU hopes to get the job done and extend its reign to three years.
Pouncing on the Lady Tamaraws’ late miscues, the Lady Bulldogs fashioned out a 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 victory in the opener of their best-of-three title series late Wednesday.
And unless the underhanded FEU squad could neutralize its opponents’ power and edge in experience and match its endgame poise, there’s no stopping for NU to achieve with a date with history.
Coach Babes Castillo this time expects the Lady Bulldogs to come out fiercer and confident.
“We’ve seen some rallies that we could’ve controlled right away. But like I said hindi pa nila makuha ang balance on being relaxed and assertive,” said Castillo.
With the 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago taking charge and Jasmine Nabor doing what she does best in orchestrating the offense, NU’s remaining enemy is only themselves.
True enough, Santiago’s performance, not only in Game 1 but for the whole tournament, proved that she’s the finest in the collegiate ranks right now.
But despite their series-opening loss, coach George Pascua said he was satisfied with how the Lady Tamaraws challenged their fancied rivals considering they were without theie aces.
Pons and Atienza remain doubtful, as FEU stayed in contention for a shot in the finals of the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.
The Lady Tamaraws though still drew big games from the likes of Czarina Carandang and Nette Villareal, as well as Chin-Chin Basas, whose the team’s main weapon while Pons is not around.
“I am satisfied because they gave their best. It’s just that they succumbed in the end. It will only make us strong in Games 2 and 3. It also happened to us in the best-of-three before. So I told them we should learn from that,” said Pascua, referring to their semis duel with Adamson, which they stunned in sudden death.
Reigning NCAA champion Arellano University tries to close out its best-of-three series for the bronze against Adamson at 4 p.m. followed by the presentation of individual awards.
Meanwhile, Ateneo also shoots for the crown - its third straight as in many seasons - against FEU in the men’s division at 1 p.m.
UST also seeks to wrap up their own best-of-three playoff for third opposire NU at 11 a.m.