De Jesus could only hope they will just in time for the start of the UAAP season. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books LATEST STORIES “All of them are excelling,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “We set this level of game so other teams were catching up. Now they reached this level and it’s our turn to catch up.”He admitted that the loss of Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo to graduation would take its toll on the Lady Spikers.“We lost many players, it’s hard to match the character of Mika and Ara inside the court,” said De Jesus.Nevertheless, he will still have top setter Kim Fajardo, who will play her her final tour of duty for La Salle as she finishes her post-graduate degree.“Hopefully we reach at least 70 percent of our movements from last year,” said De Jesus. “We will try to reach their level but I still don’t know when.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De Jesus said they set a high level of standard in the UAAP after unseating the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo Lady Eagles last April.Observers also pick 15-time champion University of Santo Tomas and National University as title contenders because of their formidable rosters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Tigresses will have battle-tested Cherry Rondina, EJ Laure, Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses, who played together in the Shakey’s V-League and for different clubs in the Philippine Superliga.But the Lady Bulldogs will have Jaja Santiago on their side which practically tilted the balance in favor of NU, which last won in the 1956-57 season. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Diaz, other elite athletes to train in Japan Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Lady Spikers team captain Kim Fajardo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor coach Ramil de Jesus, reigning champion La Salle is coming in as the underdog in the UAAP Season 79 volleyball season which begins Feb. 4.“All of them,” said De Jesus, when asked which team would pose as their biggest problem.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.