La Salle is privatizing it as it hopes to trap Aya Lore (right) and UST Tigers.  -UAP Media

La Salle is privatizing it as it hopes to trap Aya Lore (right) and UST Tigers. -UAP Media

With the final four around the corner, the teams বিশেষ especially in the middle of the pack আরও rush for more Ws that will allow them to enter.

But when La Salle and the University of Santo Thomas (UST) compete for a single second place, there is a greater risk than the chance to step in with an undefeated, fugitive leader.

For the Lady Spykers, there is also a score to settle.

La Salle assistant coach Benson Buckbock has promised his team a vengeful performance when they meet the Tigers at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday in UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball.

“Of course we’re going to go back to them (UST),” he said. “We all know that what happened against the UST is just a break [of the game]Hopefully we will come to the top [this time]”

If the Tigers have mastered one thing this season, however, they capitalize on every break of the match and present it.

The UST has won all three of the five-setters played in the season, including a 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-12 win that hurt La Salle three weeks ago.

Amid the threat of retaliation, UST coach Kung Fu Reyes is keeping an equal pace.

“No drama,” he said, calming down after mourning what he described as a “suspicious call” to defending champions Atenio on Tuesday. “The important thing is that we can always go back.”

To do this, Reyes engages his standouts at the UST during his bad call-and-test week in the rearview mirror, and focuses on the positive aspects of the defeat, the third of 10 games in the UST.

“Even though we played badly, and we made a lot of mistakes, we lost those sets by five points,” Reyes said. “It simply came to our notice then. We trust our players that they will come back because we know our weaknesses and strengths.

“There are a lot of things to consider about why we were doing well and then our performance plummeted,” Reiss added.

Violence now

La Salle, locked in a 7-3 (win-loss) tie with UST, will return to his tried and tested system, perfected by champion coach Ramil de Jesus, as it looks like he will extend his winning streak in the match to three by 12 noon. Starts at: 30

Days later, Ramping Leader National University (NU), already in the final four and expected to remain unrivaled for the top spot, will use the remaining four games to sharpen a system that has won 10 draws so far. .

Lady Bulldogs coach Carl Dimakulangan said: “We have to execute in the next few games, with Adamson fighting Lady Falcons at 4pm on an undefeated charge. We want to see what else we can do to improve our game.”

Within the reach of the semifinal chasers outside the top four, the odds are high for Adamson, who is currently in fourth place.

Adamson coach Larma Giron said: “Going to the final four is like going through the eye of a needle. “It simply came to our notice then. But we are ready as a team, coaching staff, players, we are ready, by the grace of God, to face the challenge.

The Lady Bulldogs will have extra inspiration against the Lady Falcons. If held, NU will face Adamson in the semifinals. And in addition to holding the edge of the double-bit, NU would like to get the emotional benefit of being a puzzle that Adamson has yet to solve.

Atenio and the University of the Philippines (UP), both in the lower half of the standings, go for crucial wins against outgoing rivals to secure a place in the final four.

UP starts the quadruple-bill by squaring off with Far Eastern University at 10 a.m., while Atenio challenges the undefeated University of the East at 6:30 p.m.

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