By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Defending champion De La Salle eyes the first twice-to-beat semifinal advantage and the No. 1 seeding when it battles Adamson today in UAAP women’s volleyball at The Arena in San Juan City.
Match is at 2 p.m. with the Lady Spikers out to improve their 11-2 win-loss record and secure the crucial edge.
The victory, however, will not come easy as Adamson, now bordering in desperation, continues to fight for the remaining Final Four berth.
It will be a make-or-break for the Lady Falcons, at fifth place with a 5-7 card following Saturday’s heartbreaking 25-22, 25-27, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11 loss to early semifinalist Far Eastern University.
An Adamson loss will eliminate them from the semis race, allowing fourth-running National University (7-6) to advance to the next phase.
Adamson coach Air Padda wants resiliency from her stalwarts, who are also out to avenge their four-set defeat to La Salle in their first meeting last Feb. 24.
Despite being in the Final Four, La Salle, however, cannot afford to be complacent with a top semis seeding at stake.
Currently leading in the service, digging, setting and receiving departments, La Salle coach Ramil De Jesus expects the same intensity from his players led by Kim Dy, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Desiree Cheng.
In the other pairing, FEU aims to bolster its bid for the twice-to-be semis incentive when it squares off with eliminated University of the East at 4 p.m.