February 25, 2018, 3:45 am
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De La Salle Lady Spikers wary of FEU Lady Tams

DE La Salle eyes a piece of the lead against Far Eastern University today in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Since the Lady Tamaraws are coming off a tough loss the last time out, Lady Spikers coach Ramil de Jesus said his team is bracing for a grind-it-out battle in the 4 p.m. clash.

“Very competitive itong season,” said De Jesus.    

Adamson University hopes to follow up its shock five-set conquest of FEU as it takes on unpredictable University of the Philippines at 2 p.m.

A win will put three-peat seeking De La Salle in a tie with idle National University at 3-0 heading into their titanic clash on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Spikers hope to carry the momentum of last Saturday’s 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 conquest of the Lady Maroons, when they came from behind in every set to prevail.

The Lady Tamaraws suffered a 23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 12-15 loss to the Lady Falcons, who placed seventh last year but made significant strides so far with a retooled roster. 

Michelle Cobb, the Lady Spikers’ new setter, has been living up to expectations as Kim Fajardo’s successor, not only in orchestrating plays, but as well as in other aspects of the game like serving and blocking. 

American coach Air Padda was satisfied with the Lady Falcons’ progress this season, especially with the way the veterans led by Jema Galanza, Fen Emnas and Mylene Paat responded to her call.

“I’m just so happy to be the director of the team,” said Padda, who is trying to revive what Adamson University was famous for which is floor defense. “They needed that first win (against FEU). They needed that confidence booster.”

The first two matches under Kenyan mentor Godfrey Okumu has been a struggle for UP as it scrambled past University of the East in the opener and bowed to De La Salle despite gaining foothold early in each set.

The Lady Maroons need to fix their reception woes right away, a thing that the Lady Falcons are expected to take advantage of.

In the men’s division, league-leading FEU shoots for its third straight win against De La Salle at 8 a.m., to be followed by the UP-Adamson University tussle at 10 a.m.
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