Altas clinch last semis twice-to-beat advantage
Mark Escarlote on Jan 10, 2016 01:21 PM
Perpetual Help secured the last Final Four twice-to-beat advantage and will take on Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday in a playoff for the top seeding.
Perpetual Help secured a twice-to-beat advantage in a bounce back win Sunday to force a playoff for the top spot in the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball Final Four against the team that handed the Altas’ only loss that ended their seven-game winning run.
It took the Altas a mere 67 minutes to dispose the Letran Knights, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, in the final elimination round playdate and erase a painful straight set loss to the defending champion Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals last Friday.
The win gave Perpetual its eight win in nine outings to tie the Generals at first to second spot.
Both teams will carry a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four but will have an early rematch Tuesday to determine which squad will sit at the No. 1 spot. The winner will take on the loser between Arellano University and San Beda College when the two collide for the last semifinals ticket after closing the elims tied with 5-4 cards.
The Chiefs-Red Lions playoff will air live starting 2:00 p.m. at ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166 while those on the go can still watch and be updated via livestream at sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa.
The No. 2 team will take on College of St. Benilde in the semis.
Rey Taneo Jr. and Bonjomar Castel registered 11 points each to pace the Las Pinas-based squad, who are coming off a 20-25, 22-25, 17-25 defeat at the hands of the Howard Mojica-led Generals. The duo combined for 17 of the Altas’ 35 kills.
Letran, which got 13 markers from Bobby Gatdula, capped its season with only to wins against seven losses.
Meanwhile, reigning juniors titlist Junior Altas slammed the Squires, 25-14, 25-14, 25-21, to forge a playoff for the top seeding against the Brigadiers after the two ended up tied at No. 1 with identical 6-1 marks.
Ivan Encila unloaded 13 hits, 12 of which came on spikes, while Conrad Ryuji Etorma and team captain Jody Margaux Pascual scattered 11 and 10, respectively, as Perpetual avenged its 5-set loss to EAC last Friday.
The winner of the Junior Altas-Brigadiers playoff will face the no. 4 team, which will be disputed by Lyceum of the Philippines and San Sebastian in a playoff Tuesday, while the loser cross paths with third seed Arellano U in the Final Four.
SSC-R tied LPU at 4-3 card after a 40-minute rout of Collee of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 25-6, 25-10, 25-16.
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