Ateneo tries to formalize its stint in the semifinal round as it takes on an embattled Adamson side today even as National U and University of St. La Salle-Bacolod knock each other out in the quarterfinals of the ninth Shakey’s V-League Presented by SMART at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Eagles swept the Lady Stingers last Sunday to assure themselves of at least playoff for a semis seat with a pacesetting 4-0 slate, matched later by the former six-time defending champion UST Tigresses, who survived a gritty FEU squad, 25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-16.
But the Lady Falcons, bannered by former MVP Nene Bautista and Pau Soriano, will go all-out for a win not only to stop the Eagles’ run but more importantly to keep their semis hopes in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
With a 1-3 mark, Adamson, which dropped a close three-setter to Perpetual Help, also last Sunday, is in fifth behind Perpetual Help (3-1) and San Sebastian (2-1) and must sweep its last three games to remain in the race.
Gametime is at 4 p.m.
Equally interesting is the 2 p.m. clash between NU and USLS in a duel of winless squads with the winner keeping its flickering Final Four chances alive.
Ateneo, led by Dzi Gervacio, Fille Cainglet, Alyssa Valdez and Thai import Phee Nok Kesinee, is looking good at this stage of its title-retention campaign with the Lady Eagles itching to pile up another victory as they brace for two tough matches – against the SSC Lady Stags on Thursday and the fancied Tigresses on Sunday.
Meanwhile, today’s twinbill will be aired on a delayed basis starting at 7 tonight on AKTV-13, according to the organizing Sports Vision. The matches can be viewed by live streaming on www.v-league.ph.