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NU eyes share of PVL lead

By Kristel Satumbaga

Defending champion National University guns for a share of the early lead when it tangles with San Sebastian College today in the women’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Stags clash at 6:30 p.m. with the former going for a share of Group A lead with the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.

The Lady Stags, for their part, are out to follow up their 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 win over the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers after dropping their opening game assignment.

Boasting of talented spikers, NU is expected to rely heavily on national team member Jaja Santiago.

The 6-foot-5 middle blocker and opposite spiker can torch the net with her quick attacks and solid blocking.

Aside from Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs should get big numbers from Jorelle Singh and versatile setter Jasmine Nabor.

San Sebastian, however, is not intimidated.

Playing without top hitter Grethcel Soltones, who already exhausted her playing years, the Lady Stags know they must double their efforts to improve their fifth-place finish last year.

Joyce Sta. Rita, Nikka Dalisay, and Daurene Santos will join forces anew for San Sebastian after combining for 40 points in their victory over JRU.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines and Technological Institute of the Philippines shoot for their first win when they collide at 4 p.m.