With the undefeated NU Lady Bulldogs still the only team to secure a place in the Final Four, five more teams are shooting for crucial wins
Ateneo holds firm, outlasts Adamson in jaw-dropping 5-set classic for solo 4th place
The Ateneo Blue Eagles displayed the heart of a defending champion after a grueling and biting five-set marathon of 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 19-17 against Adamson Lady Falcons.
Feeding off Faith Nisperos’ career-high 31-point outburst on 26 kills, 4 aces and 1 block, the Blue Eagles grabbed fourth place on their own with a 7-5 record, while ‘Adamson slips to fifth in solo at 6-6.
(READ: Ateneo outlasts Adamson in 5-set classic, rides Nisperos career-best 31 for 4th)
La Salle wins 4 straight, earns Final Four spot with winless EU sweep
La Salle Lady Spikers continued their season-ending winning streak to four in a row after a decisive Final Four 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 against hungry EU Lady Warriors. victories.
Led by star blocker Thea Gagate’s 12 points on 9 kills and 3 blocks, the second-ranked Lady Spikers went to an 8-4 record while the Lady Warriors – now 16-game losing streak – fell to 0-12.
(READ: La Salle sweeps EU winless, clinches Final Four spot ahead of Ateneo rivalry fight)
UST take 2 game skid, deny FEU wrath after 2nd set scare
The UST Golden Tigresses regained their contender form after dropping the equally run Lady Tamaraws of the FEU in four sets, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-12.
Eya Laure – who bounced back from a record 8 points against La Salle with 19 to score against FEU – found help in the form of Ypril Tapia, who scored 16 points as UST reached a record 8-4. Meanwhile, FEU fell to a 1-11 roster, just ahead of 0-11 UE.
(READ: NU’s top rookie Belen earns ace record in UP sweep; UST lands 2-game skid)
Endgame seeker NU gets another blowout, sends UP closer to the edge
The NU Lady Bulldogs flexed again in fine form to start the day’s quadruple header program with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-15 dominance over the UP Fighting Maroons
Led by super rookie Bella Belen’s 16 points on 8 kills and a whopping 8 aces, NU went to a record 12-0 – two wins shy of a place in the finals. Meanwhile, sixth-seeded UP have slipped to a 5-7 roster and are closing in on elimination.
No team can still solve the National University puzzle as UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball action heads to the home stretch.
With just three play dates remaining in the knockout round, every game remains crucial for five teams battling for Final Four spots.
NU (11-0) against UP (5-6)
Still untouchable, the NU Lady Bulldogs are vying to get closer to a playoff round sweep against an UP team trying to stay in the Final Four race.
NU are aiming for a 12th straight win in the 10am opener in a bid to close in on a perfect 14-0 record that would propel them straight into the final.
Expect NU’s powerful young team led by Bella Belen and Alyssa Solomon to come back strong as Alyssa Bertolano and the Maroons attempt to regain their footing.
FIRE (1-10) vs UST (7-4)
Eya Laure and the UST Tigresses attempt to stop back-to-back losses as they take on FIRE eliminators Lady Tamaraws at 12:30 p.m.
Laure struggled in her last outing against La Salle as the MVP contender was held to a single-digit performance for the first time this season.
There is no choice but to bounce back quickly as the Tigresses try to recover from a fall from third place against an unpressured FEU side.
La Salle (8-3) vs EU (0-11)
A serial La Salle side is chasing a place in the Final Four against a winless UE at 4 p.m.
Another victory for the Lady Spikers, buoyed by a dominating win over UST, would solidify their hold on second place in the solos.
Super rookie Leiah Malaluan leads La Salle’s charge, but the Lady Spikers have shown they can be even more dangerous with Fifi Sharma, Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz and Mars Alba all clicking in their latest outing.
Ateneo (6-5) against Adamson (6-5)
Defending champion Ateneo and the combative Adamson battle it out for fourth place solo in the crucial 6:30 p.m. match.
Led by Trisha Genesis, the Lady Falcons scared undefeated NU last Thursday but will be hoping for a victory this time against the Lady Eagles.
Faith Nisperos and Vanie Gandler aim to hold Fort Ateneo down again as they prepare for a grueling elimination.