Lady Bulldogs wants repeat for direct title slot, to sweep over Tigress

Princess Rubles (right) and Lady Bulldogs hope to overtake the Tigers and advance to the finals

Princess Robbers (right) and Lady Bulldogs hope to overtake the Tigers and advance directly to the finals. -UAP Media

The way things are going so far in the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, these conditions are all certain: the top-ranked National University (NU) will go straight to the final, with La Salle safely finishing second.

A team, however, can make it all up.

And the University of Santo Thomas (UST) will do its best to change the course of a surging river if it rises against the undefeated No. 1 seed at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

“Who wouldn’t want to beat NU right now?” Ian Fernandez, a UST assistant to Kung Fu Reyes, called for a shot for the Tigers in a straight set against the University of the East on Tuesday.

In the last 13 games, however, the Lady Bulldogs have dreamed of winning against them for the rest of the field. And the Tigers are aware of this.

“[W]It will definitely go through the eye of the needle, “said Fernandez.

The prize of victory without arrogance? UST could activate the Final Four and release the lower pick semifinalists from a terrifying stapler series.

“We will try our best so we will have four finals [format]. We will play our best based on our experience and try to bring a positive result against NU by putting the negative things aside, “said Fernandez.

If Lady Bulldogs nailed directly to the berth, UST would fight for the right to face La Salle, the fourth-ranked team, to secure a place in the final, which would have twice the rate protection.

As it is, defending champions Atenio and Adamson are battling for that No. 4 spot. The Blue Eagles dropped out of the University of the Philippines at 6:30 pm when the Lady Falcons faced a tough assignment at 12:30 pm while fighting the Lady Spykers.

Ateneo and Adamson both play 7-6 cards. If the results of both are opposite, the winner books the 4th spot. If both come up with the same result, win or lose, they will compete for the final semifinal berth tomorrow.

“We will work very hard for it. We want to get Adamson into the final four, “said Lady Falcons coach Larma Giron. “I told the players, ‘We are wounded fighters, we will fight to the end.’

If the US wins, however, everything goes back to the final four, with NU taking advantage of the double rate with the No. 4 team facing off.

“So the other teams want us to win. We know if they (Lady Bulldogs) sweep, there will be staples, it’s harder, “added Fernandez.

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