Greetings to our readers! It’s been quite a while since we last posted in our column, The Green Corner. Sorry for those who waited, but yeah, we were too busy with school, with Benj busy with his engineering work, and I, Jannie busy with athlete tutoring, organizations, accounting, calculus, and many other stuff. Haha. And for that, we apologize, we will be promising a more frequent posting here in our column. Especially since the elimination is coming to an end and Final Four is fast approaching. Starting next week, we might also cover the men’s volleyball games as well. Not sure, but we will try and see.
Anyway, It is quite obvious that the games that we will have this coming week are in a way not that talked about or boring, but however, we’d like to point out the fact that all teams who will be battling out today are in a raging form. There’s UST who has not lost any game yet in 2010, Ateneo who is is in full swing after a setback from La Salle, UP has has been winning sets from powerhouses La Salle and UST and NU who has been making their games close with the strong teams. How will these momentum-filled teams fare against each other? We’ll never know actually. We just have to watch.
THE GREEN CORNER #5: MOMENTUM
Written and Edited by: Benj Zabat and Jannie Gavile
UP-ADMU (Benj Zabat)
First Round Encounter: ADMU def. UP – 25-20, 25-16, 25-20
Fresh from their emotional solid five set victory against the Lady Tamaraws of FEU, the Lady Eagles of Ateneo are bound to face one team who is becoming solid by the form of the Lady Maroons of UP. Going to UP, it was really surprsing that the team got a set from the defending champions, the De La Salle Lady Spikers but with that comes a big blow as one their leading offensive and defensive option, Mela Lopez suffered an injury related to the ACL injury she had sometime ago. What is actually working for the team is that they are really tall which is why they are next to UST and DLSU as a better blocking team. Offensive wise, they are loaded it is just that they are either underutilized or underdeveloped. I honestly think that with a program like DLSU, this team would be really deadly because they have a deep bench and good players all around but until they find their rhythm in their offense and floor defense, they have little chacne of cometing with the top dogs of this tournament. Ateneo on the other hand is quite opposite, they have good floor defense, blocking and attacks if, they execute it well. Problem is they have this tendency to be really really be unstoppable but somehow they cannot seem to realize that. You see both of these teams lack a consistent, vocal and emotional leader in much the same way Ila Santos lead the DLSU squad last season. If Ateneo can however find their rhythm early on, I see this game finishing in four sets to Ateneo’s favor.
UST-NU (Jannie Gavile)
First Round Encounter: UST def. NU – 25-10, 25-14, 25-13
Talk about momentum, just last weekend, NU was able to challenge Adamson and even scare them into going to fifth set. I was in my chair cheering really hard for NU. Not that I don’t want Adamson to win but NU is a great and promising team, I just really want them to win their first ever UAAP game this season. It’s just so sad that they still don’t know yet how to close games. But boy, they must be really deadly in the coming seasons. So other teams, watch out! Not to be left behind, UST is making also a name this season. After losing to Ateneo last round, they never looked back as they were able to sweep their games so far in mostly no more than 3 sets. Maruja Banaticla is back from her injury and has already been tagged as Player of the Game last time against UE. This game will showcase another floor defense vs blocking affair. Of course, offense and defense wise, UST still has the edge which is why I see them winning this one in no more than three sets.