Unbeaten NU makes quick work of winless UE, stretches historic run to 10-0
The NU Lady Bulldogs hardly broke a sweat in a lopsided 25-14, 25-17, 25-15 sweep of the winless UE Lady Warriors to stretch their undefeated run to 10-0 for the season.
Now gunning for twice-to-beat Final Four advantage and the coveted outright finals berth if they stay unbeaten, the Lady Bulldogs soared three games ahead of second-placers UST and La Salle (7-3) as the also-ran UE slid to 0-10.
Ivy Lacsina led another balanced attacking onslaught with 13 points off 10 attacks, 2 blocks, and an ace.
La Salle survives 3-set UP challenge, rises back to tie UST at 2nd
The La Salle Lady Spikers turned back a gallant challenge from the UP Fighting Maroons to earn a 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 sweep.
Super rookie Leiah Malaluan led the way with 14 points off 11 attacks, 2 aces, and 1 block as La Salle tied UST at second with identical 7-3 records. Meanwhile, the Maroons have dropped six of their last seven games to stay at sixth place with a 4-6 card.
Soaring Adamson eliminates listless FEU from Final Four contention
The Adamson Lady Falcons continued to soar in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 cruise over the free-falling FEU Lady Tamaraws.
Adamson, now with a 6-4 record in fourth place thanks to Louie Romero’s 17-excellent set outing, ousted both FEU and winless UE with the win. Defending champion Ateneo (5-5) and sixth-ranked UP (4-5) remain in the playoff hunt.
Defending champ Ateneo earns statement sweep of second-ranked UST
The defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles sent a statement across the league after a 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 sweep of the second-ranked UST Golden Tigresses.
Joan Narit paced Ateneo’s rise to a 5-5 record with 11 points off 9 attacks and 2 blocks as UST sunk to a 7-3 slate.
MVP candidate and league leading scorer Eya Laure got checked to just 14 points after four straight games of scoring 20-plus – including a career-high 31-point bomb in a win against Ateneo last May 19.
The Final Four race gets tighter in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament as the second round continues on Tuesday, May 31, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
NU, UST, La Salle, and Adamson aim to bolster their place in the top four, while Ateneo and UP try to catch up.
UST (7-2) vs Ateneo (4-5)
The finalists from Season 82 collide again as defending champion Ateneo tangles with streaking UST at 10 am.
While the Blue Eagles won the title, the tables have turned for the Golden Tigresses, who ride on a four-game winning streak behind the fine play of Eya Laure, and sit at second place with a 7-2 record.
On the other hand, Faith Nisperos and Ateneo are coming off a four-set beating from undefeated NU and need a victory to boost their chances of securing a Final Four berth.
Adamson (5-4) vs FEU (1-8)
Booking back-to-back wins is the goal for Adamson when it goes up against skidding FEU in their 12:30 pm duel.
Coming off a quick straight-sets win over UE, Trisha Genesis and the Lady Falcons look to strengthen their hold of solo fourth place as they seek to replicate their first-round win over the Lady Tamaraws.
Still reeling from the abrupt exit of star Lycha Ebon, FEU faces an uphill climb in its bid to end a six-game losing streak.
La Salle (6-3) vs UP (4-5)
Whether La Salle can get another win run going will be determined at 4 pm as it locks horns with struggling UP.
Sporting new hairdos, the Lady Spikers seem to have turned a new leaf following their straight-sets loss to the Lady Bulldogs as they swept the Lady Tamaraws to stay at solo third place.
The same cannot be said for the Fighting Maroons, however, as they lost five of their last six games, a sheer reversal of fortune from their sizzling 3-0 start.
NU (9-0) vs UE (0-9)
The best and worst teams in the UAAP clash as NU faces UE in the final match of the day at 6:30 pm.
Unbeaten after nine games, the Lady Bulldogs – led by the trio of Cess Robles, Alyssa Solomon, and Mhicaela Belen – have no plans seeing their winning streak snapped by a team that has yet to win a game.
The Lady Warriors, though, want to play spoiler as they try to shake off their distinction as the only winless team in the UAAP.