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UP, Adamson in rematch of epic encounter; NU takes on UE

By Dugout Philippines

Three struggling teams try to join idle UST in third place in vital matches today in the UAAP Season 77 women's volleyball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.         

UP and Adamson in a rematch of their classic first round showdown at 4 p.m., while NU takes on winless UE at 2 p.m.        

The Lady Maroons, Lady Falcons and the Lady Bulldogs are tied at 4-6, trailing the Tigresses (5-6) by half a game, as they are badly in dire need of a win to force a three-way tie from third to fifth spots and stay in the Final Four hunt.        

Assured so far of not only of semifinals slot but also the twice-to-beat bonus are unbeaten Ateneo and second-running La Salle. Unbeaten in 11 games, the defending champion Lady Eagles are on track for jumping straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat incentive by sweeping their last three elimination round matches.         

The Lady Maroons overcame the Lady Falcons, 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 34-32, in their first meeting last Jan. 7, in a game where middle hitter Kathy Bersola went down with a season-ending ACL injury.         
Adamson can't guarantee of avenging its first round loss, as UP still has a lot of weapons on its arsenal with Marian Buitre now taking over the spot of Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon and Angeli Araneta.         
The Lady Maroons lost to the Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles in succession, putting their Final Four bid in peril.         

The Lady Falcons hope to follow up their easy 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 win over the Lady Warriors last Wednesday.         

It was a tough second round for the Lady Bulldogs as they lost three straight, which came after opening the coach Roger Gorayeb era with two consecutive wins.        

But NU still needs to play hard against UE, which improved its level of play in the second round, going far by even winning a set against Far Eastern University two weeks ago.         

The Lady Warriors are 0-10 this season.