UST tests FEU, La Salle stakes unbeaten record vs UP

first_img“Our coach told us to take it easy,” said UP star Tots Carlos. “No pressure for us, but our goal is to beat beat La Salle by playing our own game.”UST will also try to play to its new identity—something that the Tigresses are only starting to warm up to.They have found some spunk and mental strength, attributes that have benefited rising middle blocker Milena Alessandrini. The awkward 6-foot-2 sophomore is just beginning to gain confidence commensurate to her big talent.“I’d like to thank my teams, players, coaches and officials for helping me stay positive,” said Alessandrini, who drilled in 22 points against the Lady Maroons. “But I know we have to maintain that attitude.”Against the Lady Tamaraws, they do. FEU is smarting from a defeat at the hands of Ateneo in a match where the Lady Tamaraws were leading two sets to none.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses may need more of those game smarts if they want their old glory to resurface.UST, who only made the Final Four once in the last three seasons, faces a stern test when it takes on an equally tough former powerhouse Far Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe clash of traditional collegiate heavyweights is expected to steal some of the spotlight off the marquee match, where unbeaten La Salle tests the mettle of a University of the Philippines team trying to bounce back from a stinging loss in the other match of the double-header starting at 2 p.m.UP, one of the pretournament favorites after winning two crowns during the varsity offseason, is coming off a loss to UST and the Lady Maroons will try to calm themselves in front of the rampaging defending champions. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nietes vacates WBO throne, eyes pricey fights Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor University of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes, the only thing that hinders the Tigresses from reaching full their potential is mind-set.“The problem with us is we dwell on our mistakes too long and carry them to the next set,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Sometimes we need ‘henyo moves’ to pull off victories.”ADVERTISEMENT “We are staying positive. It’s still a long tournament,” said FEU coach George Pascua. “We just to need to develop our killer instinct.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more