Games Wednesday
(Smart-Araneta Coliseum)
10 a.m. — ADMU vs AdU (men)
12 noon — NU vs FEU (men)
2 p.m. — ADMU vs AdU (women)
4 p.m. — NU vs FEU (women)

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (NU) spikes for one of the Final Four bonuses when it locks horns with Far Eastern University (FEU) in the battle between red-hot squads entering the homestretch of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Lady Bulldogs eyeing a grand finale to their unbeaten second-round run so far to seal their place in the Top Two for a coveted win-once incentive come the semifinals. Ateneo de Manila University (4-9) and Adamson University (3-10) go for graceful exits at 2 p.m.

NU closed in on that bid with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-18 drubbing of also-ran Adamson for its sixth straight win last weekend to climb to 11-2 for a three-way tie at No. 1 with reigning champion De La Salle University (DLSU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) But with DLSU and UST still clashing in the final match that would give either squad its third loss, the former champion NU has full control of its destiny. It’s the Lady Bulldogs’ reward to lose to shore up their redemption tour.

FEU, a lock at No. 4 despite its own five-game winning streak at 9-4, will not hand that incentive on a silver platter to NU as part of its early warm-up for the semis.

In the men’s play, three-time reigning champion NU (10-3) shoots for at least a playoff for the last twice-to-beat advantage against top-ranked FEU (12-1) at 12 noon after the duel between eliminated squads Ateneo (6-7) and Adamson (4-9) at 10 a.m. — John Bryan Ulanday