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HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball games – June 9

JR Isaga
HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball games – June 9
As NU shoots for a 14-0 sweep and an outright finals berth, Ateneo and Adamson fight for Final Four spots against separate foes on the last day of eliminations
Miner erupts for 8-block outing as Ateneo arranges 4th-seed playoff versus Adamson

AC Miner had the game of her young life with an 8-block eruption as the Ateneo Blue Eagles downed the UP Fighting Maroons in four sets, 19-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-19.

Led by Miner’s 17-point total, the defending champions now face the Adamson Lady Falcons on Saturday, June 11, 5 pm, still at the Mall of Asia Arena for the fourth and final stepladder seed. UP finished the season at sixth place with a 5-9 slate.

(READ: Miner erupts for 8 blocks vs UP as Ateneo forces 4th-seed playoff vs Adamson)

Game results
NU routs UST to complete 14-0 sweep, guns for 1st title in 65 years off outright finals berth

The NU Lady Bulldogs continued to make history in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament after completing a 14-0 elimination round sweep off a 25-22, 29-27, 25-17 win over the UST Golden Tigresses.

Alyssa Solomon led the balanced attack with 12 points as NU now seeks its first title since Season 19 way back in the 1956-1957 season. UST (9-5) settled for third place in the stepladder rankings as Adamson (8-6) and Ateneo (7-6) continue to dispute the fourth spot.

(READ: NU turns back UST, clinches outright finals berth with 14-0 sweep)

Adamson downs La Salle in 4, clinches 4th seed playoff

The Adamson Lady Falcons survived the La Salle Lady Spikers with an all-important four-set win, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 26-24, to clinch at least a playoff for the last Final Four spot.

Defending champion Ateneo (7-6) now faces a must-win situation over ousted UP (5-8) at the 6:30 pm main event to keep its title defense alive. UST (9-4) also gets a chance at a second seed playoff with a win over undefeated NU (13-0) at 4 pm.

Best Setter candidate Louie Romero again orchestrated a fine-tuned offense with 24 excellent sets and 11 excellent digs in the win.

(READ: Adamson stuns La Salle for 4th seed playoff; UE averts winless season)

UE earns season-ending breakthrough over FEU, ends 17-game, 3-year skid

Better late than never, as they always say.

The UE Lady Warriors finally break a three-year, 17-game losing streak after a hard-earned four-set win over the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21.

Led by Dara Nieva’s 21 points off 20 attacks and 1 ace, the Lady Warriors ended Season 84 with a 1-13 record, tied with the Lady Tamaraws, who missed the Final Four for the first time since 2014.

Game preview

The UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament heads into the last day of the elimination round on Thursday, June 9, and a lot can still happen that may change the course of the Final Four.

UE (0-13) vs FEU (1-12)

UE stays hellbent on ending its lost season with a spark of hope as the Lady Warriors shoot for a 10 am breakthrough win against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, who aim for a repeat of their lone triumph.

Look for UE’s Ja Lana and FEU’s Chenie Tagaod to rally the troops, and go all-out for school pride and precious momentum for next season.

Adamson (7-6) vs La Salle (10-3)

The Adamson Lady Falcons again put their Final Four hopes on the line as they face the twice-to-beat-seeking La Salle Lady Spikers at 12:30 pm.

Following a five-set escape against heated rival and defending champion Ateneo, the short-haired phenoms of Taft are looking to end the eliminations on a high note, and not let third-ranked UST seize its own slim chance for a twice-to-beat.

The Lady Falcons, though, also need a crucial win to move ahead of fellow 7-6 squad Blue Eagles, so look for the jolly but fearsome Trisha Genesis to turn serious against the Leiah Malaluan-led Spikers.

NU (13-0) vs UST (9-4)

The stakes remain high in the last elimination round game for the NU Lady Bulldogs as they shoot for an outright finals berth against the third-ranked UST Golden Tigresses in a 4 pm finals-worthy showdown.

Already assured of a Final Four spot, the Tigresses still look to slay the unbeaten Lady Bulldogs to not only give them a chance for a twice-to-beat playoff if ever La Salle loses, but also deny a stepladder finals with an NU loss.

Look for MVP candidate Eya Laure to keep sharing the offensive wealth around as secondary gunners like Ypril Tapia, KC Galdones, and Imee Hernandez aim to gain confidence against the national team-worthy core led by Bella Belen and Jen Nierva.

Ateneo (7-6) vs UP (5-8)

In the season’s final elimination game, the defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles look to strengthen their bid for the last Final Four ticket as they take on the ousted UP Fighting Maroons at the 6:30 pm Battle of Katipunan.

Whether or not Adamson wins its last assignment against La Salle, the Blue Eagles still have their fate in their own hands as they steer clear of an upset bid by the fuming Maroons, who got booted out on the penultimate game day by the Lady Falcons.

Faith Nisperos, who is averaging a whopping 30 points in her last two games, will go for yet another all-around eruption against the Alyssa Bertolano-led UP to keep the title her seniors won in Season 81 still primed for defense in the Final Four.

– Rappler.com