Perpetual keeps clean slate in NCAA men's volleyball

Mark Escarlote on Dec 18, 2015 02:23 PM
Perpetual keeps clean slate in NCAA men's volleyball
STILL NO. 1 --- Perpetual Help Altas survived an upset attempt by Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Lyceum of the Philippines University stared at another giant to put down.

But the University Perpetual Help Altas won’t let themselves be in the scalped list of the Pirates.

The former four-peat champion Altas crawled from a set down to survive an upset attempt by LPU, 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9, Friday to remain unscathed and on top of the standings in the 91st NCAA men's volleyball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.        

Rey Taneo, Jr. unloaded 17 points while Ranidean Philippe Abcede and Allan Jay Salaan chipped in 14 points apiece for Perpetual, which notched its sixth straight win in as many outings ahead of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, the defending champions who are currently at No. 2 with a 6-1 slate.

The Generals’ only defeat came at the hands of the Pirates also a five-set decision.

LPU took a 2-1 advantage after yielding the opening frame and were a set away from scoring another upset.

But the troika of Taneo, Abcede and Tanaan came through in the final two sets as the Las Pinas-based school denied the Pirates another big name victim. LPU slid to 3-4 card.

"The boys never gave up, that was the most important thing," said Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar, who weathered consecutive five-setters after his women’s team escaped the Lady Pirates after the men’s game.

The Lady Altas outlasted LPU, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 14-25, 15-11, to stay in the Final Four hunt with a 4-2 mark.

Cindy Imbo scored 14 points to pace Perpetual while skipper Ana Diocareza, Jamela Suyat and Ma. Lourdes Clemente added 11 markers each.

The Lady Pirates dropped their third game in seven outings.

College of St. Benilde, meanwhile, swept Mapua, 25-10, 26-24, 25-20, to improve to 5-1 record while sending the listless Lady Cardinals to 0-7 card.  

In juniors' action, defending champion Perpetual Help likewise stayed unscathed as it smashed LPU, 25-10, 25-19, 25-17, for its fourth straight win.

The Junior Pirates slid to 2-3 card.





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