LPU, Perpetual remain unbeaten in the sands
Rey Taneo carries Perpetual Help to its sixth straight win in as many games.
SUBIC BAY --- Lyceum of the Philippines University Jhonel Badua and Joeward Presnede pulled off a pair of three-set wins while Perpetual's Relan and Rey Taneo hacked out a straight sets victory to remain undefeated in the men's division of the 92nd NCAA beach volley tournament at the beachfront of Subic Park Hotel Friday.
Badua and Presnede survived Arellano U's Kenneth Aliyacyac and Joshua Esguerra, 17-21, 21-18 at 15-12, and Mapua's Rey Arth Andaya and Sam Damian, 21-13, 17-21 at 15-12, to help the Pirates nail their seventh win in row.
The Taneo siblings, for their part, flattened San Sebastian's Christian Calonia and Jahir Ebrahim, 21-14, 21-17, to stay just half a game behind Badua and Presnede with a pristine 6-0 (win-loss) record.
LPU and Perpetual Help part ways today with the winner barging straight to the finals where it will be assured ofn twice-to-beat advantage.
"The boys have trained hard with an intention of winning it this year," said LPU coach Emil Lontoc in Filipino.
In women's action, San Beda twins Maria Jeziela and Maria Nieza Viray dumped LPU's Czarina Pauline Orros and Cherilyn Jhane Sindayen, 21-19, 21-13, to seize the solo lead with a perfect 6-0 (win-loss) card.
San Sebastian's Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa, who are gunning for their fourth straight crown, turned back Perpetual Help's Marjito Medalla and Maria Aurora Bianca Tripoli, 21-19, 21-18, to seal their fifth straight win and half a game behind the the talented Viray duo.
The Virays and the Soltones-Eroa tandem will face off today for the right to advance to the finals outright where the sweeper clinches the twice-to-beat edge.
The Red Spikers are gunning for their first ever title in the sport while the Lady Altas their fifth crown.