Lady Maroons need this badly

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines takes on University of Santo Tomas in a virtual do-or-die match that could possibly be the turning point of its season today in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

One game out of the coveted No. 4 slot with a 6-5 card, the Lady Maroons can’t afford to lose their 4 p.m. duel with the Tigresses.

UST is presently tied with Far Eastern University, which will take on also-ran National University (7-4)  in the first match at 2 p.m.

Victories by the Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws will not only bolster their semifinals bids but also keep  defending champion La Salle within reach in the race for the second twice-to-beat slot.     

The Lady Spikers, who will play early semifinalist Ateneo in their rivalry game on Saturday, sit in second spot with an 8-3 slate.

UP is coming off a 21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25 defeat from the hands of FEU last Saturday that kept the Diliman-based squad outside the Top Four range.

The Lady Maroons, who entered the tournament as one of the fancied teams owing to their two pre-season titles, are simply hoping that Isa Molde, who played in limited minutes the last time out, will be healthy enough to get back on the winning track.

In the men’s matches starting at 8 a.m., Adamson and Ateneo seek to see the remaining two Final Four slots against UE and UST, respectively.