ATENEO seeks to move closer from clinching a Final Four berth when it tangles with Far Eastern University today in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
With Lady Tamaraws’ ace spiker Lycha Ebon missing a second straight game due to knee injury, coach Oliver Almadro has warned his Lady Eagles not to fall to a sense of complacency in the 4 p.m. match.
“Palaban lagi ang FEU, hindi aayaw iyan. May winning tradition na pumapasok sa mga players iyan. Hindi sila basta aayaw iyan. Yung mentality nila, yung personality nila, lagi laban lang ng laban,” said Almadro.
Definitely, those recent five-setter matches have made the Lady Tamaraws a difficult team to deal with despite all the adversities.
“If you want to win against FEU, kailangang pantayan or lagpasan yung intensity nila, yung energy nila. They are a not just a tough team, they are a contending team. We really have to respect them. We have to show our character also,” said Almadro.
Coming off a 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 conquest of University of the Philippines last Saturday, Ateneo remains untouchable after a season-opening loss to defending champion La Salle.
The Lady Eagles, who are eyeing a 10th straight Final Four appearance, hold the league’s best record at 8-1 and are ahead by one-and-a-half games of the Lady Spikers (7-3).
With a 6-3 mark, not only the Lady Tamaraws are above the top four range but also remain within reach of achieving a twice-to-beat incentive.
In the men’s division, FEU shoots for the second Final Four berth against Adamson at 10 a.m., while UST tries to arrest a four-match slide in their 8 a.m. duel with UP.