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HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball games – June 4

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HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball games – June 4
With the unbeaten NU Lady Bulldogs still the only team to secure a Final Four spot, five other squads shoot for crucial wins
Ateneo hangs tough, survives Adamson in heart-stopping 5-set classic for solo 4th

The Ateneo Blue Eagles displayed the heart of a defending champion after an exhausting and nail-biting 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 19-17 five-set marathon against the Adamson Lady Falcons.

Feeding off Faith Nisperos’ career-high 31-point explosion off 26 attacks, 4 aces, and 1 block, the Blue Eagles seized solo fourth place with a 7-5 record, while Adamson slides down to solo fifth at 6-6.

(READ: Ateneo survives Adamson in 5-set classic, rides Nisperos’ career-best 31 for 4th)

Game results
La Salle wins 4 straight, clinches Final Four berth with sweep of winless UE

The La Salle Lady Spikers kept their late-season winning run up to four straight off a Final Four-clinching 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 sweep of the win-hungry UE Lady Warriors.

Led by star blocker Thea Gagate’s 12 points off 9 attacks and 3 blocks, the second-ranked Lady Spikers rose to a 9-3 record while the Lady Warriors – now losers of 16 straight games – dropped to a 0-12 slate.

(READ: La Salle sweeps winless UE, clinches Final Four spot ahead of Ateneo rivalry bout)

UST snaps 2-game skid, denies FEU upset after 2nd-set scare

The UST Golden Tigresses regained its contender form after dropping the also-ran FEU Lady Tamaraws in four sets, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 25-12.

Eya Laure – who bounced back from a season-worst 8 points against La Salle with 19 markers against FEU – found help in the form of Ypril Tapia, who scored 16 as UST rose to an 8-4 record. Meanwhile, FEU dropped to a 1-11 slate, just ahead of 0-11 UE.

(READ: NU top rookie Belen gets ace record in UP sweep; UST snaps 2-game skid)

Finals-seeking NU gets another blowout, sends UP closer to brink

The NU Lady Bulldogs again flexed fine form to start the day’s quadruple-header schedule with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-15 domination of the UP Fighting Maroons

Led by super rookie Bella Belen’s 16 points off 8 attacks and a whopping 8 aces, NU rose to a 12-0 record – two wins away from an outright finals berth. Meanwhile, sixth-ranked UP slid to a 5-7 slate and moves closer to elimination.

Game preview

Still no team can solve the National University puzzle as the UAAP season 84 women’s volleyball action heads to the final stretch. 

With only three playdates remaining in the elimination round, every game remains crucial for five teams fighting for Final Four spots.

NU (11-0) vs UP (5-6)

Still untouchable, the NU Lady Bulldogs vie to inch closer to an elimination-round sweep against a UP side trying to stay in the Final Four race. 

NU shoots for a 12th straight victory in the 10 am opener in a bid to inch closer to a perfect 14-0 record that would propel them straight to the finals. 

Expect the young NU powerhouse crew led by Bella Belen and Alyssa Solomon to go all out again as Alyssa Bertolano and the Maroons try to regain their footing.

FEU (1-10) vs UST (7-4)

Eya Laure and the UST Tigresses try to arrest back-to-back losses as they take on the eliminated FEU Lady Tamaraws at 12:30 pm.

Laure struggled in her last outing against La Salle as the MVP candidate was held to a single-digit scoring performance for the first time this season.

There’s no choice but to bounce back quick as the Tigresses try to recover from a third-place drop against a no-pressure FEU side. 

La Salle (8-3) vs UE (0-11)

A streaking La Salle squad aims for a Final Four berth versus winless UE at 4 pm.

Another win by the Lady Spikers, who are buoyed by a dominant victory over UST, would strengthen their hold of the solo second spot. 

Super rookie Leiah Malaluan leads the La Salle charge, but the Lady Spikers showed they could even be more dangerous with Fifi Sharma, Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz, and Mars Alba all clicking in their last outing.

Ateneo (6-5) vs Adamson (6-5)

Defending champion Ateneo and tough-fighting Adamson clash for the solo fourth spot in the crucial 6:30 pm match. 

Led by Trisha Genesis, the Lady Falcons gave unbeaten NU a scare last Thursday, but hope to complete a win this time against the Lady Eagles. 

Faith Nisperos and Vanie Gandler aim to hold the Ateneo fort anew as they brace for a grueling elimination windup.

– Rappler.com