As the Final Four draws closer, Atenio Adamson faces a crucial battle.

Faith Nisperos (left) will lead Atenio in an attempt to find a hole in the Adamson defense.

Faith Nisperos (left) will lead Atenio in an attempt to find a hole in the Adamson defense. -UAP Media

The final four doors of the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament have begun to close and are jammed with the race to the inside with defending champion Atenio Adamson.

Blue Eagles coach Oliver Almadro is aware of the urgency of his team’s withdrawal as they prepare to face the Lady Falcons in a game that could very well indicate the fate of both squads.

“We take one day at a time, we study today and then practice tomorrow,” Almadro said. “Let’s see what we can do in our game with Adamson.”

The royal queens know they have to prepare and study a lot, losing their first showdown with Lady Falcons last month, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-12.

They do not want to repeat it at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

“Our goal is to reach the final four. We have to do better tomorrow and do better again and again, ”added Almadro, whose charge tied 6-5 (win-lose) with the Lady Falcons.

National U ranked virtually No. 1, gaining a significant edge over La Salle University of Santo Thomas for the second slot. At the end of the elimination round, the top two teams in the semifinals receive twice the rate-bonus – until the Lady Bulldogs sweep their division games.

Atenio is not worried about it right now, he just has to win it to defend his title.

“We know this is an important game for us, we just have to do our job. I have to do my job, “said Atenio star Vanessa Gandler. “I guess that’s happening right now and we’re controlling what we can do now. Now is the time to recover, then tomorrow we will train [against Adamson]”

The situation will be more difficult for Atenio after the match against Adamson at 6:30 pm. Fighting against the University of the Philippines (UP), the Blue Eagles will face arch-rivals La Salle before finishing their elimination round.

The Lady Maroons face a long adversity to reach the Final Four: they destroy their hopes by fighting the perfect Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.

And UP coach Godfrey Okumu has a realistic view of his team’s situation: “There is only one way to get here. [if we want to make the Final Four]- We go there and win. And strong end. If we don’t think about finishing strong, we will all end up. “

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