LPU out to strengthen its Final Four bid
Mark Escarlote on Jan 03, 2016 11:11 PM
The Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates are looking to stay on track for a Final Four seat.
Lyceum of the Philippines University and Jose Rizal University gun to stay on course for a Final Four berth when they tackle separate foes Monday at the resumption of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Pirates will take on eliminated squad San Beda Red Lionesses in the morning schedule while the Lady Bombers pair up with an also-ran Mapua Lady Cardinals in the afternoon match.
LPU is in solo fourth spot with a 4-3 record while JRU holds a 3-4 card in sixth to seventh spot tied with idle Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Lady Pirates are coming off a heartbreaking 25-18, 20-25, 15-25, 25-14, 11-15 defeat at the hands of Perpetual Help Lady Altas on Dec. 18 before the Christmas break.
The Lady Bombers are also hard-pressed to win all its remaining games to remain in contention for the last semifinals berth.
Defending champion Arellano University (6-1) San Sebastian College (6-0) and College of St. Benilde (5-1) occupy the top three spots. The top two teams after the elimination will clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
In the men's side, the Red Lions are looking to come out of a two-way tie at fourth spot with Arellano U in a showdown with LPU.
Both San Beda and AU hold a 4-3 card while the Pirates are in sixth spot with 3-4 slate.
A win by the Red Lions will formally show LPU the exit door in the race for a spot in the next phase.
Reigning titlist EAC Generals lead the men’s division with a 6-1 record followed by Perpetual Help (6-0) and CSB (5-1).
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