Lady Bull­dogs gun for PVL ti­tle

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - MICHAEL SCHU­MACHER By JEROME LAGUNZAD

Games To­day (The Arena, San Juan) 4 p.m. — Arel­lano vs Adam­son (Bat­tle for 3rd, Lady Chiefs lead se­ries 1-0) 6:30 p.m. — NU vs FEU (Cham­pi­onship, Lady Bull­dogs lead se­ries 1-0)

Na­tional Univer­sity aims to wield the big broom while Far East­ern Univer­sity hopes to live to fight an­other day as they square off anew tonight in Game2 of their Premier Vol­ley­ball League (PVL) Sea­son Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence ti­tle se­ries at The Arena in San Juan City.

Game is set at 6:30 p.m., with the Lady Bull­dogs de­ter­mined to gain a strong en­core to a four-sets vic­tory in the opener last Wed­nes­day and com­plete what is fast shap­ing up to be an un­stop­pable drive to a third straight crown.

But the Lady Ta­ma­raws, with their backs against the wall, are ex­pected to come out swing­ing, much like they did in over­haul­ing a fa­mil­iar 1-0 se­ries deficit in the semi­fi­nals against the Adam­son Lady Fal­cons.

“We’ve been in this sit­u­a­tion be­fore. So I told them we should learn from that,” said FEU coach Ge­orge Pas­cua, con­fi­dent in putting on hold a big NU bash.

To spoil the party, Pas­cua should draw bet­ter ef­fort from the likes of Toni Basas, Cza­rina Caran­dang and Jeanette Vil­lareal to over­come the ab­sence of skip­per and top hitter Ber­nadeth Pons and libero Kyla Atienza due to their com­mit­ments in UAAP beach vol­ley­ball.

The Lady Ta­ma­raws must also tighten up their de­fen­sive screws against the Lady Bull­dogs’ po­tent hit­ters ban­nered by the tow­er­ing Jaja San­ti­ago who torched them with 15 kills, in­clud­ing four blocks, the last time out.

Even the likes of Risa Sato Au­drey Paran, Jorelle Singh and Aiko Ur­das have been do­ing dam­age while set­ter Jas­mine Na­bor con­tin­ues to shine with her ef­fi­cient play­mak­ing for NU.

But Lady Bull­dogs coach Babes Castillo is re­mind­ing his wards to brace them­selves for an ex­pected Lady Ta­ma­raws fight­back. “We’ve seen some ral­lies that we could've con­trolled right away. Hindi pa nila makuha ang bal­ance on be­ing re­laxed and as­sertive," he said.

Mean­while, Arel­lano Univer­sity tries to du­pli­cate a straight-sets win over Adam­son and clinch bronze medal hon­ors in Game 2 of their Bat­tle for Third set at 4 p.m.

In the men’s di­vi­sion, Ate­neo looks to sweep its way to the crown against FEU at 1 p.m. while Univer­sity of Santo To­mas tries to re­peat over NU in their Bat­tle for Third set at 8 a.m.

Chicago Cubs catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras re­acts af­ter the fi­nal out as the Cubs beat the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 9-8 to win the Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries at Na­tion­als Park Fri­day in Wash­ing­ton. (AP)

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