Perpetual guns for a twice-to-beat advantage
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2016 08:08 PM
Perpetual Help sets its eyes on a semifinals twice-to-beat advantage after its chance of making it outright to the championship round went down the drain in a painful loss to reigning titlist Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Perpetual Help shoots for a twice-to-beat advantage Sunday as it faces off with an already-ran Letran in the final elimination round playdate of the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
With their sweep bid nipped in the bud following a painful 20-25, 22-25, 17-25 defeat to reigning champion Emilio Aguinaldo College Friday, the Altas shoot for a twice-to-beat Final Four incentive instead with a victory in their duel with the Knights.
A win will give the Las Pinas-based school a chance to avenge its bitter defeat to EAC since the two will end up tied on top with an 8-1 (win-loss) record, thus forging a playoff for the top seeding on Monday.
And that is foremost in the minds of Perpetual Help.
"We just want the twice-to-beat incentive and hopefully get that chance of getting back at them (EAC)," said Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar.
Like its men's team, the Junior Altas, the defending titlists, were also foiled in their hope of sweeping the elims after dropping a heartbreaking 27-25, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 7-15 defeat to the Brigadiers.
But if Perpetual Help could hurdle Letran, it will end up with the incentive and a playoff with EAC (6-1) for the top seeding.