NU Seeks Playoff for Twice-to-Beat Advantage in UAAP Women's Volleyball

NU Lady Bulldogs face Adamson Lady Falcons in crucial UAAP volleyball match, with top-two playoff implications on the line. NU aims to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

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NU Seeks Playoff for Twice-to-Beat Advantage in UAAP Women's Volleyball

NU Seeks Playoff for Twice-to-Beat Advantage in UAAP Women's Volleyball

The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs will face the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP Season 86 Women's Volleyball Tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City today. A win for NU would give them an 11-2 record, securing them a second-place playoff spot as they are currently tied with De La Salle University (10-2) and University of Santo Tomas (10-2) at the top of the standings.

The top two teams at the end of the elimination round will have the incentive to win twice against the third- and fourth-place teams in the Final Four. NU has the advantage with 30 points, followed by La Salle with 29 points and UST with 28 points.

NU is in a strong position to secure the No. 1 seed and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, thanks to their five-game winning streak that includes victories over the co-leaders. After defeating De La Salle last Sunday, NU's top spiker Bella Belen said the team is taking things one game at a time and focusing on the task at hand.

"We're peaking at the right time and we're the hottest team in the league with five straight wins, but we're not getting ahead of ourselves and we're taking it one game at a time," Belen stated.

The outcome of the upcoming De La Salle-UST match could also have a significant impact on the final standings and the race for the twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals. With either De La Salle or Santo Tomas set to absorb a third loss when they clash next week, NU is poised to clinch the win-once bonus as long as they can handle their remaining two assignments.

Why this matters:

In the men's division, FEU (11-1) seeks to assure itself of the twice-to-beat advantage and the No. 1 ranking in the Final Four against UP, while NU, currently tied with De La Salle at 9-3, tries to reclaim solo second spot against Adamson.

The match against Adamson is vital for NU as a loss would jeopardize their chances of finishing in the top two. NU will look to maintain their momentum and solidify their playoff position as the tournament enters its homestretch.

Key Takeaways

  • NU Lady Bulldogs face Adamson Lady Falcons in UAAP Season 86 women's volleyball
  • NU can secure 2nd place playoff spot with a win, currently tied with La Salle and UST
  • Top 2 teams get twice-to-beat advantage in Final Four, NU leads with 30 points
  • Outcome of La Salle-UST match could impact final standings and twice-to-beat incentive
  • In men's division, FEU seeks to assure twice-to-beat, NU aims to reclaim solo 2nd spot